Grindstone Road (2008)

logoDirector: Melanie Orr

Writer: Paul Germann (Screenplay)

Starring: Fairuza Balk, Greg Bryk, Walter Learning, Joan Gregson, Dylan Authors, Matt Gordan, Zachary Bennett


Plot: A few months ago Hannah Sloan (Fairuza Balk) was in a horrible car accident, leaving her son Daniel in an extended coma. With hopes of putting their recent tragedy behind them Hannah and her husband Graham (Greg Bryk), move into their recently purchased farm home. Suffering extreme feelings of guilt and responsibility for her son’s condition, Hannah turns to her prescribed anti-depressants to bring her comfort. Soon after moving in to their new home Hannah begins witnessing strange and mysterious occurrences causing Graham to become increasingly concerned with the quantity of medications that Hannah is taking. Is Hannah losing her mind, or are there supernatural forces at work?


Verdict: Simple Ghost Story


Story: A couple moves to get over a family tragedy in this case an accident that leaves their son in a coma. The wife feels guiltier as she was driving and struggles with her own sanity. The husband is trying to get on with life and support his wife but is getting tired of it. Everything has been built up for a basic drama but this is a horror. As the wife is more vulnerable she starts getting visited by a ghost child, which does the usual scares her first but in reality wants her help to discover what happened to him. The story tries to throw in a few twists and turns but with very limited characters introduced it struggles to really surprise us. It is a simple ghost story that is easy to watch but really isn’t anything standing out. (5/10)


Actor Review


Fairuza Balk: Hannah who has been involved in an accident leaving her son in a coma, she is stuck suffering for what happened but she starts getting visited by a ghostly figure of a young boy. Once she realizes the house they moved into might be haunted she tries to figure out about its history only to discover the boy was murdered in the house. Good performance in the simple investigator role. (6/10)


Greg Bryk: Graham husband to Hannah who is trying to put the life back together and accepting their son will not wake up from his coma. He struggles to cope with everything that is happening with his wife but tries to support the best he can. Simple supporting performance. (4/10)


Walter Learning: Ted a neighbour who helps with the renovation of the house, but reluctant to tell much about the history of the house. Basic supporting performance. (5/10)


Joan Gregson: Linda partner of the neighbour who tries to make them all feel welcome, but also reluctant to talk about the houses history. Another basic supporting performance. (5/10)


Director Review: Melanie Orr – Simple ghost story created with the ABC moments for the character to go through. (5/10)


Horror: No real scares used at all, but the basic ghost story told. (4/10)

Settings: New house good setting for ghost story but otherwise nothing used that is that special. (7/10)

Suggestion: If you are bored and this is on one night give it a try otherwise this isn’t one to be going out of your way to see. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: Creepy Toy?

Worst Part: No real thrills of scares.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: There goes the neighbourhood


Overall: Ghost Story without scares

Rating 50

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