Ghosts Don’t Exist – 6

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Director – Eric Espejo

Cast – Phillip Roebuck, Devon Marie Burt, Joe Hansard, Josh Davidson, Frederick Cowie, Ted Taylor, Katie Foster, Chris Cooley, Chris Kennedy, Lindsay Czarniak

Release Year – 2010

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Ghosts Don’t Exist is a lesser-known Indie horror film that I had never heard of until I came across an opportunity to give this film a watch.  After introducing myself to the plot I decided that it met my watching criteria due to its usage of ghosts and the supernatural, possibly my favorite of horror sub-genres.  I do not normally go into independent horror films with high expectations, but my hope for a spooky hidden gem got the best of me and I went into this one expecting to enjoy it.  Well, the film definitely did not meet my positive expectations, but in the end it delivered a moderately spooky watch that despite several indie flaws managed to not leave me with a bad aftertaste.The film follows the world renowned paranormal expert Brett Wilson, who has announced his retirement forever from the business of the paranormal.  One night Brett receives a mysterious phone call from a stranger claiming he is being haunted by Brett’s late wife Nicole.  Brett is convinced the call is a crank call, but before he can dismiss the caller the caller describes his wife in ways that no one else could, and Brett accepts his last ghost hunting gig.

My love for the supernatural sub-genre of horror is supreme, and is the biggest reason why I keep giving these low-budget indie ghost films a shot.  Pretty much any ghost story can grab my interest as long as the story actually involves…ghosts, and I really loved the overall plot of this one.  The idea of Brett Wilson finally calling it quits and then being bombarded with some very unsettling information about the ex-wife that he is still grieving over was a nice touch, and not only provided some good conflict but some genuine creepiness as well.  Several other characters are thrown into the mix as well, Brett’s film crew, his biggest critic, and several other minor characters that wind up playing bigger roles in the story as the film goes on.  The investigative element of the story is interesting, and provides a fair amount of mystery behind what is going on and why Brett’s wife is appearing in a stranger’s home.  All of this boils down to a somewhat shocking conclusion that will leave you with a bittersweet taste in your mouth, but only due to how sweet and sad it is.

The directing job from writer/director Eric Espejo is positive, and it shows that he did what he could with such a low budget.  His camerawork is good, and his sets allow for a nice spooky atmosphere thanks to some great use of lighting and shadows.  His execution provides for some creepy scenes here and there, although the storyline kept the number of creepy scenes pretty low, a gaff that I am attributing to budgetary constraints.  Nonetheless, those of you looking for some efficient ghost spooks should find a few in this watch, but don’t go in expecting to jump out of your seat.  Sadly, with this being an indie film we are forced to endure some pretty horrible acting from several of the actors.  I really tried to not let this get to me, but I could not overlook the fact that it is what it is, and unless this is a horribly overdubbed Euro-trash film…I cannot let the bad acting go.  Do not let this one major flaw of the film keep you from considering this watch, because for the low-budget indie film that it is I must say that it accomplishes what it set out to do.

Overall, this low-budget indie film manages to deliver a few creepy scenes here and there, and comes with an interesting plot, but in the end fails to deliver a devoutly creepy watch.  On an indie level this is a mostly positive watch, but do not go into this one with high expectations as I did.

Rating: 6/10

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