Director: Will Canon
Writers: Max La Bella (story), Will Canon (screenplay)
Stars: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn
Plot: A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.
Running Time: 83 Minutes
IMDB Score: 5.3
Why I Watched It: It’s a horror film and I’m a big Fran Grillo fan and I also like Maria Bello
Random Thoughts: This sat on the shelf for awhile, it was produced by James Wan. Also just a heads up Frank Grillo and Maria Bello get top billing but they’re really not the leads it’s standard PG-13 teenagers and ghosts story.
What I Liked: Frank Grillo and Maria Bello we’re both good, Bello really doesn’t have much to do but I would totally watch them team up for their own horror movie or even a cop show. They had good chemistry. I will say the film tried to have a couple of twists, one was decent but by the time it came I really stopped caring.
What I Didn’t Like:Pure and simple this is just the same old same old haunted house ghost plot with kids going in to investigate what really happened to this famous haunted house. The teen or 20 something characters are all stock and really none of them are fleshed out or the least bit interesting, we of course get the geek, the weird hot girl, a love triangle and of course lot’s of backstory connecting one of them to the house.
The acting isn’t great from the younger cast but again granted they’re working with cliches, but they’re mostly bland there is much a difference when Grillo and Bello are on screen cause they have presence but really all there doing is trying to solve what happened, oh didn’t I tell you the film is told in flashbacks. Trust me there isn’t a ghost/haunted house cliche this movie doesn’t wheel out.
So we have two plots,the story in flashbacks, and then Grillo being a cop and Bello a shrink trying to piece together what happened with the help of the survivor and yes we know who’s made it from the beginning and hell yes that drains any tension they might have had as we go through the flash blacks to see how they died.
There is nothing new here, nothing not even one small nugget, it’s cut and paste film making. They had two good actors but they have very little do and even their characters aren’t that interesting, we don’t even find out if they were dating or married or something in between. The biggest flaw is the film is not scary not even a good/bad jump scare, there is almost no tension in this film and to the point it’s boring as hell.
Only good think to say about the film is that it’s just over 80 minutes, clearly this got cut down and I’m willing to bet Grillo and Bello’s scenes are on the cutting room floor somewhere. Why make an adult horror film when you can just throw in stock teenage victims.
Final Thoughts: A boring horror film with no scares and sadly they wasted two good actors.