(This review may contain spoilers).
I went through a phase, some years back, where I was watching all kinds of horror films. I do have a wide variety of tastes, but when I saw this DVD available where I work, I was immediately intrigued and purchased it.
Unfortunately, I felt that the blurb of this film made it sound much better than it actually was. The idea was a really intriguing one – and I’ve kind of been looking for horror films that have ghosts in, rather than the demons prevalent in, well, most horror movies.
I did, however, feel like I was missing a lot of the story. I didn’t learn anything about Jordan’s past before she went to live with her Aunt and Uncle, even in explanation format. Although I was given some chance to get to know her as a character, there were some things that made me struggle with my suspension of disbelief.
I wouldn’t say that this film was scary. It was quite disturbing in parts, especially at the end. But even with the ghosts’ appearance, there weren’t really any jumpy scenes. There did seem to be a distinct difference between the two different ghosts, though.
I wasn’t really too grabbed by Larry or his father as characters, I have to say. The whole doctor-patient confidentiality seemed to be non-existent, which was one of the things I found hard to believe.
I did think it was good there wasn’t an excess amount of adult themes in this – such as alcohol and sex. It was pretty tame compared to a lot of films involving teenagers.
I do think this film fell into a trap many horror movies fall into – there was no proper ending. I was also quite disappointed in what was shown at the end, even if there was a certain kind of poetic justice in it.
I doubt I’ll be watching this movie again, I have to say… although it wasn’t too horrible to watch first time. I just don’t think watching it again will be all that enjoyable.
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