A s a horror film that deals in hauntings and temporal displacements, writer-director Eric Bress’s Ghosts of War almost feels aptly dislodged in time. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The mansion may be abandoned, but Morse code messages tapped out in phantom knocks, fleeting shadows of hanging bodies, and glimpses of ghoulish faces indicate these troopers are not alone. Alix has been writing for Ready Steady Cut since November 2017. Brenton Thwaites is in charge as Chris. And he always does an excellent job. He basically has a very strong sense of right and wrong. Also the abrupt ending was shit, it needed some closure. Thwaites: Eric set out to create that mixed genre movie and I loved that it was something I’d never seen or experienced before. Ghosts of War - A couple of questions. That is not scary! He also has an unusual nightmare where men in gas masks briefly morph into doctors while drowning Chris in the bathtub. Bress: The first thing that was different was that I didn’t have a partner this time. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield. There are some major twists and turns in the story. The classic brainy guy, who wears glasses and always has a book with him. The atmosphere was simply that strong. Net response to the movie could best be described with onomatopoeia, specifically whatever word equals the sound made when you push your tongue between your lips and blow. }) Mrs. Helwig attacks everyone with a suicide bomb while cursing them for their inaction. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Yes, it seems we’ve walked into a familiar cobweb in filmdom’s endless subdivision of tract home haunted houses. A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface. Thwaites: Eric had us in Bulgaria a little bit before shooting. Studio:      Vertical EntertainmentDirector:    Eric BressWriter:      Eric BressProducer:  D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, Joe SimpsonStars:     Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, Skylar Astin, Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, Shaun Toub. “Ghosts of War” puts itself in a similar pot later when one soldier disappears for an overlong period and no one notices he’s not around. Unfortunately, it’s a near-total collapse before it ends. That was interesting. The Helwig ghosts subsequently resurrect and attack Chris, Eugene, and Kirk. if(document.querySelector("#google_image_div")){ Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. hitType: 'event', And then came the “jump scare”-repeat train. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield. Failing to set up a watch despite being behind enemy lines, turning a blind eye to obvious paranormal phenomenon, these are only a sampling of the illogical reasons the stars take. }); If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. I think it was a week or two before shooting and we pretty much spent every day together. While you’re thinking of yawning, “Ghosts of War” turns expectations on their ear with a switcheroo that goes from gothic ghost story back to real world horror in an astonishing eye blink. Focus should be on the former. Everything was segregated. The use of sound, in general, was very effective: sometimes, if the five soldiers just heard tapping from an upstairs room that was enough to feel their fear. (L-R) Skylar Astin as Eugene, Brenton Thwaites as Chris, Theo Rossi as Kirk and Alan Ritchson as Butchie in Ghosts of War. And interestingly, there was very little judgment in Ghosts of War: the five young Americans had plenty of opportunities to declare hatred against the evils of Nazism, etc, and they did debate (inconclusively) the nature of evil at one point. The main protagonists are a believable bunch, who support each other, regardless of how well they get along. I watched it on the edge of my seat, while mentally just sitting back to take everything in, and then a time came when writer/director Eric Bress grabbed my comfy chair and spun it right round. There are ghosts, curses, and spooks aplenty in Ghosts of War, but the majority of said gory images are due to the horrors of war itself, rather than anything supernatural. 'Ghosts of War' aspires to be more than it actually is. }) Before I get into what went wrong with Ghosts of War, let me start out by giving credit to the cast. The two did also write the screenplay for Final Destination 2 which came out in 2003. }); This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The shot that we needed, [Eric] has to get a certain minimum of seconds to get what he needed, so that kind of comes up as one of the trickier stunt sequences to shoot. *SPOILER WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for Ghosts of War.*. This review of Batman: Three Jokers #3 contains spoilers. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife. (L-R) Theo Rossi as Kirk, Brenton Thwaites as Chris, Skylar Astin as Eugene, and Kyle Gallner as Tappert in the horror/psychological thriller, Ghosts of War, a Vertical Entertainment release. Please support Ready Steady Cut today. In terms of both style, cast and storyline, Ghosts of War has so much potential. Eric Bress wrote two of the Final Destination films, but – despite what my description may suggest – there is nothing hammy about the horror; nor, indeed, anything exaggerated about the gory images. Theo Rossi (“Juice” on Sons of Anarchy) plays Kirk, who is a strong and stable soldier. Chris, Eugene, Kirk, and Tappert agree to risk a court martial and flee the chateau. We are one of the world’s fastest growing A patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy the family. They arrive a day late to relieve another small party, who are simply itching to leave the place. “Ghosts of War” would have done fine with four main characters instead of five. Inside, there’s so much more that makes the movie impressively entertaining. Culture Crypt is the most reliable website for genre movie reviews and the best in popular culture, specializing in independent horror film entertainment. He asked me to put some headphones [aka earplugs] in my nose, some little soft headphones, so I could, in a sense, get waterboarded for longer. - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. if(document.querySelector("#adunit")){ Even though there is actually a very strange moment early on that should have been an initial warning. Bress: I guess I was really tired of all the horror movies where the innocent family movies into a haunted house and you know the rest. GHOSTS OF WAR is a new horror-thriller that starts out so well that my expectations for it shot up immediately.Unfortunately, it’s a near-total collapse before it ends. Spoiler. Thwaites: One thing important for me was to give these guys a freedom to explore and to express themselves and to take action like a leader in these circumstances. Before dying, Mrs. Helwig cursed the men who stood by and watched their murders. Chris and company quickly learn why. A former banker, his actress wife, and their spirited daughter book a vacation at an isolated modern home in the Welsh countryside where nothing is quite as it seems. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. The filmmakers know they’re not creating the next “Psycho.” As long as you’re in the market for simple suspense fare, you’ll appreciate their no-frills approach to a familiar chiller. The following sentence may be moot if something changes between the press screener and public release. It almost seems like some kind of curse that neither of them continued right after. We would watch and discuss movies like Saving Private Ryan and observe how singular their unit was. With its somber setting and serious performances, nothing else in cinema tackles the terror of dementia with as much tact and creepy creativity. document.querySelector("#ads").addEventListener('click',function(){ Maybe the reason why we don’t see more horror movies set in World War II is because that war was already horrible enough. The plot takes its first twist as the bad things taking place inside the house are deeper than they seem and are symbolic to the soldiers themselves on a more personal level.

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