On the arrival in Thailand, the Americans Jim and his girlfriend Julie hire the polite chauffeur Gogo and his van at the airport. They sightsee Bangkok and learn the legend of the ghost houses, miniature houses where spirits peacefully live and do not haunt the living. Then Jim proposes Julie to marry him with an engagement ring. They meet the British Robert and Billy in the hotel lobby and are invited to celebrate their engagement with them. Robert summons Jim to visit a fleshpots and Billy stays outside with Julie. When they leave the spot, Julie has an argument with Jim that is drunken and accepts Robert's invitation to visit ghost houses at the outskirts. Robert wears Julie's scarf about a doll's neck and then he flees with Billy leaving the American couple in the middle of nowhere. Julie does not feel well and Jim calls Gogo to find them and take Julie to a hospital. However, when Gogo sees Julie, he takes her to a nearby village where his aunts live. Then they take Julie to a ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Let this one go
Saw 'Ghost House', being fond of horror/thriller regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to reviewing it.
Unfortunately, despite not reading any reviews purposefully before watching, am going to have to agree that 'Ghost House' is not really good. A film that started off okay, but ran out of steam very quickly and rapidly got worse by a second half that makes one not want to keep watching. Never judge a film without seeing the whole thing and wanted to give 'Ghost House', so gave it a fair chance.
'Ghost House's' best assets were the production values, which did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected, and the music, which not the most memorable in the world didn't detract from the atmosphere.
Although too rushed with too much crammed in that keeping up is not completely easy, the first fifteen minutes are actually the most interesting the story gets.
However, so much brings 'Ghost House' down. The cast have no chemistry at all and nobody is above mediocre (most awful) and the direction is so phoned in and pedestrian, one gets the sense that the director showed no interest in the film at all.
Where 'Ghost House' most underwhelms is the writing and story. The far too exposition-heavy writing is incredibly lazy, it's awkward in dialogue, very confused as a result of not tying things up or going into full detail and doesn't feel complete. The story suffers from a very limp pace after the first fifteen minutes and gets slower and slower until an interminably dragged out second half. It further suffers from feeling too much like a short film stretched out with a lot of useless padding and tiresome repetition. The characters are uninteresting and annoying and the inconsistent and illogical motivations bring them down.
For a film billed as a horror, there is very little interesting and nothing remotely scary. They are too few and are far too predictable, anaemic and weakly timed to make impact, with the dull pacing and obvious sound effects cheapening them significantly. In terms of the thriller elements, 'Ghost House' doesn't engage let alone thrill, the film started off very well but feels wasted by how quickly everything runs out of steam. The ending is an anti-climactic head-scratcher.
Overall, weak but not a waste. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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