Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review: Ghost House



Review: Ghost House

By William Pattison

For Horror Bob’s Blog

Gore and scares everyone. I know I just posted my top 10 favorite horror films of 2017, but just consider this film the eleventh, because I would have definitely added this one to the list.
Ghost House tells the story of American couple Jim (played by James Landry He’bert) and his girlfriend Julie (played by Scout Taylor-Compton) who are vacationing in Thailand. Upon arrival Jim and Julie hire the polite chauffeur Gogo and his van at the airport. They sightsee Bangkok and learn the legend of the ghost houses, miniature houses where spirits peacefully live and do not haunt the living. Then Jim proposes Julie to marry him with an engagement ring. They meet the British Robert and Billy in the hotel lobby and are invited to celebrate their engagement with them. Robert summons Jim to visit a fleshpots and Billy stays outside with Julie. When they leave the spot, Julie has an argument with Jim that is drunken and accepts Robert's invitation to visit ghost houses at the outskirts. Robert puts a piece Julie's scarf about a doll's neck and then he flees with Billy leaving the American couple in the middle of nowhere. Julie does not feel well and Jim calls Gogo to find them and take Julie to a hospital. However, when Gogo sees Julie, he takes her to a nearby village where his aunts live. Then they take Julie to a monk that wears amulets about her wrist and Julie recovers. They return to the hotel and when Julie removes her amulets, she has dreadful visions. What has Robert done with Julie? Now Jim and Julie along with GoGo are being pursued by the raging spirited of a betrayed woman who will stop at nothing to drag Julie’s very soul to the spirit realm.

The one thing I really loved about this film is the fact that it takes place in Thailand, a country rich in ghost lore. The whole ghost house lore was definitely an interesting subject to explore. Also the ghost in this film is plain scary and far more interesting that the ghosts in the films The Ring or The Grudge. Also besides the character of Gogo there was the amusing performance by actor Mark Boone Junior as the sort of underworld getter of all things Reno. He was for this film what Lin Shaye is for Insidious.

So, to put it simply this is another outstanding horror film for 2017 and I highly recommend you find it on VOD, but more importantly on DVD/ Blu-ray because this one is a keeper.

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