It is not what it looks like, and it is definitely not how you imagine it will be.
This week’s Friday Film will remind you a little bit of the TV Show “Supernatural” mixed with Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “Shutter Island.” Recently, we watched “Ghost Stories,” the 2017 horror film and we were quite impressed. Andy Nyman is the writer, the director and the main protagonist of this fine piece of art. While this fact might make you uncertain on whether to watch it or not, you do not have anything to worry about. It might be his first baby step in the directing world, but Nyman did not do this alone. Jeremy Dyson co-directed “Ghost Stories.” Together, they did an incredible work that got them inside the horror movie world just like that.
Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman, “Kick-Ass 2,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Death at a Funeral”) have been trying his whole life to explain the unexplainable using his reason. He never found anything pointing towards the actual existence of the supernatural. When a friend calls him to ask for his help, he hands him three cases he had worked on and never managed to explain. His real journey to the supernatural begins.
For starters, although the film contains some well-placed jump-scares, they are not what made it one of the greatest horror films I have ever watched. It was the way it plays with your mind. Something is there, or something is going to appear any minute now, but nothing is actually there. You can feel it coming, but you cannot see it. Will you ever see it? Is anything going to happen? These are some of the thoughts that are crossing your mind while the movie is building up the fear you are feeling inside because of certain scenes. This is the best horror element a film can pass on to you if you ask me. The terror goes away in between those scenes while the narrative balances your uneasiness by replacing it with a feeling of safety for a short time.
The storyline of “Ghost Stories” cannot be left unmentioned in this review. The whole plot and the way it is unfolding will remind you of the old episodes of the “Supernatural” TV series. But, eventually, it is so much different than the show, and it will start reminding you of the “Shutter Island” film. However, on the whole, it has nothing to do with any of these previous works. It has its uniqueness. And at this point, it is essential that we mention two incredible actors that are adding to the whole work.
While you might have been used to Martin Freeman (“Sherlock,” “Fargo,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,”) playing roles a little bit different than this one, he is a big part of this horror film’s success. He is the same but different at the same time. His involvement in this movie played an essential role in the outcome of this masterpiece. On the other hand, Alex Lawther (“Black Mirror,” “The Imitation Game,” “The End of the F***ing World”) is undoubtedly the MVP of this work. His performance got me so shook that I was hanging on the lips of him. He managed to pass on to me every feeling that he was experiencing in the movie. I believed everything that he said, and I can easily tell you in what state he was in each time but I will not – because it is a spoiler.
“Ghost Stories” is a film you must watch, especially if you are yearning for the old, creepy and terrifying feeling of a good horror movie. Watch this astonishing film and prepare to get creeped out as every horror film should do.
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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