Ghost House – Review

ghosthouseposterGhost House (2017)
1h 29min | Horror, Thriller | 25 August 2017 (USA)

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Synopsis: A young American couple, lost in the Thai countryside, find themselves haunted by an evil spirit. Desperate for a solution, the couple spirals deeper into a surreal supernatural world leading them into a frenzied, terrifying confrontation with pure evil.

Review: When I sat down to watch the new horror film GHOST HOUSE from director Rich Ragsdale I half expected it to be familiar and a common tale of terror. And from many aspects it was. But the acting, styling, and how Rich and his team handled the non scary moments made this a solid addition to the Asian influenced thrillers.

Jim (James Landry Hébert) and Julie (Scout Taylor-Compton) are trying to have a nice romantic getaway when they befriend the wrong set of guys. First you are having a few drinks and then the next thing you know you are being haunted by an evil spirit. Talk about a buzz kill. This one has some twists and turns that feel predictable but at the same time deliver high doses of thrills and scary imagery.

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Scout Taylor-Compton proves she can handle the role of scream queen. Her natural beauty makes her all American girl next door persona endearing. She is strong but not hard. Personally I like that in a heroin. I have no doubt she can overcome the force she faces but I sympathize with her at the same time. And trust me, Scout leaves it all on the set. She completely sells the role and delivers a convincing performance.

The makeup effects of the evil witch are some of the best I have seen. The filmmakers nail that Eastern mystical vibe to perfection. That character is so freaking creepy. She will haunt your dreams for days after. Plus the addition of the local folk lore solidifies the demonic elements.

I give GHOST HOUSE 3 out of 5 trips to the psyche ward. It took a lot of what I have seen before and polished and elevated it to grand standards. I must watch for fans of the genre.