Ghost Stories (2017)

I don’t watch horror for the jump scares, there are a few in this film. Instead, I look for an overall creepiness that stays with me. Unfortunately, this one was far too complicated a story to have any creepiness and it never made sense in the end, which made it even less creepy to think about afterward.

Ghost Stories (2017)
Not Rated | 1h 38min | Drama , Horror | 20 April 2018 (USA)
From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video
Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.
Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse

Why did this film have 2 directors? This could have been part of the issue. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Andy Nyman did a Liam Neeson film, “The Commuter” but I don’t recognize any of the other director’s work. This movie was based on a stage play which I am sure was a lot scarier or a lot funnier. Maybe it had just one director?

This scientist paranormal debunker is out to disprove any ghosts or supernatural things. My first thought was that the film would show scientifically how paranormal things can and do happen. It starts out with very creepy unexplained ghost stories but as Martin Freeman, known for his comedy, enters the film, it just becomes a mess. The plot is convoluted and I had no idea what they were trying to say about the spirit of an unborn baby or the mentally challenged teenager with splotchy hair. It’s like they gave up caring if it made any logical sense whatsoever. This wouldn’t have been so bad had the plot not required the skeptic to demystify the supernatural.

You’ll get the squirms in your seat and the jumps out of your seat with this film. You won’t get much to think about or get creeped out over later. I didn’t really get this horror film so I can’t say that I liked it. It’s not terrible but not my cup of tea. 5/10.

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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