Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Ghosts of Darkness (2017)

ghostsDirector: David Ryan Keith

Writer: David Ryan Keith (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Koltes, Paul Flannery, Steve Weston, Lisa Livingstone, Lisa Cameron, Liam Matheson

 

Plot: Two paranormal investigators are unexpectedly thrown together in the hope of solving a 100 year mystery. Locked for three nights in a house with a dark and unsettling past, the two investigators must put their differences to one side and work together. Scepticism and showmanship are soon put to one side when the two investigators realise there is more at stake than just their professional reputation. For once they have stumbled onto the real thing, but this time it’s their own lives at stake.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Creepy Horror

 

Story: Ghosts of Darkness starts as we see the latest of the many stories inside Richmond Manor with over 200 years of history and mysterious deaths. Paranormal debunker Jack Donovan (Koltes) and psychic Jonathan Blazer (Flannery) are called to work together despite their differences with a fee of $50,000 each to prove there is nothing wrong within the walls.

The pair must spend 3 nights within the house locked in without phones or cars if they need help. As the two spend more time within the house they both start experiencing events they can’t explain as they start to put their differences aside to figure out the truth within the manor.

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Thoughts on Ghosts of Darkness

 

StoryThe story could be look at in simple terms, two paranormal investigators must figure out the supernatural side of a famous haunted house. This is a good thing because it doesn’t overcomplicate things, sure there are a few twists and turns along the way but they never make the story difficult to follow.

HorrorHaunted house style horror films are very often hit or miss, this film leans more towards the hit because of the slow build towards the final act filled with the scares and shock moments.

Characters/PerformanceWe only have two main characters in this film we have the haunted past non-believer Jack and the wildly eccentric Jonathan who is a psychic who does add moments of light hearted humour at times. Having two distinctly different characters does bring in moment of confrontation but also brings us two men who are not just going to run around like lost idiots.

Both Michael Koltes and Paul Flannery are good throughout because if they suck we lose interest in this film and both keep our attention throughout.

SettingsThe whole film is set within the manor with the instant removal of being able to call for help or easy escape so we have our characters trapped through their three days and nights in the manor.

Special EffectsThis movie does have some fantastic practical effects to create the effects for all different victims of the manor with ‘shotgun victim’ looking truly terrifying. Huge praise to Leigh Butler for the work here.

Final ThoughtsI am a fan of this genre of horror so I personally enjoyed this film, I would be recommending it to the fans of this genre.

 

Overall: If you are a fan of the paranormal investigation style films this one will be for you to enjoy.

Rating78

 

 

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Franchise Weekend – Underworld Evolution (2006)

underDirector: Len Wiseman

Writer: Danny McBride (Screenplay) Len Wiseman, Danny McBride (Story)

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran, Derek Jacobi, Bill Nighy, Steven Mackintosh, Michael Sheen

 

Plot: Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Fun Sequel

 

Story: Underworld: Evolution starts as we go back to the beginning of the battle as Viktor (Nighy) Marcus (Curran) must deal with the reckless behaviour from William (Steele) giving us a look back at the battle with swords and crossbows. In this we learn more of Viktor’s turn on Marcus imprisoning him for all time.

Selene (Beckinsale) along with new hybrid Michael (Speedman) are now the enemies of both sides must locate Marcus to put an end to the battle once and for all, but he is just as evil as Viktor and with Corvinus (Jacobi) also after Michael it is down to Selene and Michael to work together to escape the hands of both sides of the war.

Underworld: Evolution continues the war between vampires and lycans but this time we have a new species evolving that is both vampire and lycan. We get plenty more action this time around with blood flying and bodies piling up all around but it the looks into the past that drives the film to the next level as we learn why the battle lines were first drawn. The settings all look to generic for the story too without any being memorable by the end of the film.

Beckinsale continues to show her kick ass side in this performance even if she does have to show a vulnerable side too. Where this film struggles are by making such a point out of the Selene character the rest all just seem to fall into generic forgettable characters for the series. This really disappoints what could be yet another brilliantly fun action fantasy film.

 

Overall: When it comes to sequels this is extremely watchable even if not very memorable.

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