Friday Film: “Incident in a Ghost Land”

A very misleading title yet a surprisingly good brand new film is the least I can say to describe this unexpected worth-passing-your-time-on film. It is going to be released on June 22 in the U.S. despite the fact that it has already been out since February for other countries, which makes it easy to find it online if you cannot wait until then to watch it.

“Incident in a Ghost Land” a.k.a “Ghostland” is a 2018 horror film filled with more disturbing-to-even-think-about frightening events than mere scare-jumps and scary scenes. The director and screenwriter of various other good horror movies such as “Martyrs”, “The Tall Man” and “House of Voices”, Pascal Laugier, shows us his ingenuity and creativity through this marvelous yet upsetting, horror movie. I will definitely give a chance to his other works after having watched this one because I trust his inventive mind and his cinematographic precision.

Beth (Emilia Jones,  “Utopia”, “Brimstone”, “High-Rise”) is young teenager whose mother inherits a home from her aunt. Shortly after they move into this new house, they are confronted with murderous intruders her mother fight in order to protect her and her sister. Sixteen years later the two sisters reunite at the house and that is when things get strange.

Starting with the magnificent work that has been put into the technical part of the film, what is better than a horror movie, which focuses on bringing you beautiful scenery and respected cinematography work instead of plain messy bloody scenes filled with ugliness? A sight for sore eyes, “Incident in a Ghost Land” will offer you a great balance between the beautiful photography and the sick psychotic events, which aim more in disturbing you and making you feel disgusted by just thinking about them rather than showing you a series of brutal I-know-this-is-fake-so-I-do-not-care splatter and disgusting scenes.

As far as the storyline is concerned, the definitive aspect, which adds to this great directing work, is the uniqueness of the plotline. Unexpected turning events blow your mind in a whole new level after making you believe that you are watching a completely different film, which path is almost determined by the course of events you have watched up until that point. However, when it comes to the disturbing feeling I have already mentioned, do not get me wrong since it has less to do with the ugliness you watch and more with the ugliness you are thinking about but you do not get to see.

Have I confused you a little bit? Watch “Incident in a Ghost Land” if you really like a good horror film focused on the horrific storyline rather than scary or frightening scenes. If only I could find another marvelous film like this one because this managed to blow my mind without even trying much.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.


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