Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Ghost (2007)

Fear: 2/5
Gore: 0/5
Creepiness: 2/5
Entertainment: 3/5
Nightmares: 0/5
"The Grudge meets Dark Water" is how the cover of the DVD describes this film. Fair enough. The story is not new and the scares in the film have been done (to death at times) so don't go into this expecting anything innovative or groundbreaking. The film makers are clearly cashing in on the current trend among Asian horror producers to continue using the same formula over and over. Sometimes it's very effective, and sometimes it's just a dud.
In the case of The Ghost it's really kind of neither. The entire film was, as Lisa Simpson would put it, "meh". The story revolves around a college girl suffering from disassociative amnesia impairing her ability to remember anything from over a year ago. As she slowly begins to put the pieces together of her past, her friends around her start dying off by drowning in their own homes away from any water. Yeah, it's really similar to the US version of Ring in that sense. As is the ghost. As is a lot of it. But aren't they all? Anyway, she soon understands that her past is not a pleasant one and that she is not the person she assumed she was. Enter "The Ghost".
There is a decent twist at the end, but nothing that really makes the film worth seeing again. The background story between the main girl and the guy she hangs out with is nice and well done. The acting is decent. The look of the film is fine. One or two creepy moments, a scare or two. . .and that's really about it. Not a bad movie, but not one that really knows where it stands.
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