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A Stranger Among the Living (2019)

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A young teacher finds himself haunted by the undead after narrowly escaping a school shooting.

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Christopher Wesley Moore (as Chris Moore)

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Christopher Wesley Moore (as Chris Moore)
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Credited cast:
Meredith Mohler ... Amanda Raines
Christopher Wesley Moore Christopher Wesley Moore ... Jarvis Coker
Jake Milton ... Henry Lyle
Victoria Posey ... Patsy Lyle
Keni Bounds Keni Bounds ... Jessica Newton
Shari Plumlee Shari Plumlee ... Cindy McGraw
Eric Riggs Eric Riggs ... Bobby Blakely
Cheryl Abernathy Cheryl Abernathy ... Ginny Field
J.C. Patterson J.C. Patterson ... Riley
David Wozniak David Wozniak ... Floyd
Mandy Kate Myers Mandy Kate Myers ... Linda Scrimm
Mandy Meyer Mandy Meyer ... Patti
Dustin Barron Dustin Barron ... James Newton
Denise Halbach Denise Halbach ... Nun
Ava Grady Ava Grady ... Little Girl
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A young teacher finds himself haunted by the undead after narrowly escaping a school shooting.

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Some demons you can't outrun.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Effective if somewhat slow-going ghost story
15 April 2020 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Living with a traumatic past, a man wounded by his inaction during a work massacre at a local school finds himself and a colleague survivor being haunted by what appear to be the ghosts of those who died at the scene who intend to make the two of them ghosts as well, forcing him to find a way to stop them.

There was quite a lot to like with this one. Among the films' better qualities is the wholesale terror that emerges from its uniquely creative and engaging setup. The opening of this one makes it abundantly clear about the situation, as the car-ride through the neighborhood and stopping off at the gas-station makes for a great introduction to everything as the ghosts and visions he sees constantly remind him of the situation without even dropping the full reveal at that point. That the unfurling tragedy which takes place shortly thereafter not only comes off with an appropriately grim level of realism and believability while also serving as a realistic method to undertake the resulting hauntings that plague him gives this a rather enjoyable set up to bring about the eventual creepy actions. That turns into the film's other great aspect in the general attitude and atmosphere of its scares which are generally quite creepy. The generally creepy ghosts following him around help to enhance these scenes quite nicely, as the flash visuals of the murdered individuals following him along his day or the belief that they're stalking him at the multi-tiered garage manage to contain quite an effective chilling atmosphere through their continued presence closing in on him. That the drama aspect here tying in the grief of him not being able to help those that were lost because he failed to report the initial stages of the accident ends up affecting the rest of the film, from the confrontations at his friends' house or back home with his mother that not only inject this with some traumatic moments but creepy action as well. Overall, these here really make for a lot to like here. There are some minor flaws here. The main factor here is the drama-focused storyline that moves along at a far more lethargic pace than most would tolerate here. While weaving through a plotline that understandably needs to breathe and generate its emotional resonance with the tragedy at the school, the idea of undertaking these actions in the tempo and rhythm they are played here focuses more on a dull drama than a riveting, breakneck haunting. Scenes involving him trying to come to terms with the incident while living with his mother's overbearing and protective nature or making friends with the fellow member of the support group serve as fine aspects to incorporate into the story but just add to the film's somewhat dull running time. The other problem here is a decided lack of intensity in the ghost sequences. That the majority of the jump-scares here revolve around a figure suddenly appearing behind or beside the guy as he turns around to face a new direction while a loud, intense musical stinger hits on the soundtrack cause these scenes to appear lazy, formulaic and cheap in the worst way. That comes to pass in the finale more than anything where the admittedly chilling revelation of their reason for haunting him makes the confrontations seem to run together in a blur of ghostly figures popping out of nowhere before more appear to him. The action itself works nicely but the motivations behind it are where it falls flat, which is what holds this down somewhat slightly.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Language and Graphic Violence.


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English

Release Date:

26 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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$20,000 (estimated)
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2.39:1
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