Thursday, 24 August 2017

Movie Review: Ghosts of Darkness (2017)

Every now and then you come across a movie that just shouldn't work but does. Movies like Monster Man and Dead Birds. And Ghosts of Darkness.

Jonathan Blazer (Paul Flannery) and Jack Donavan (Michael Koltes) are ghost hunters. Donavan is a sceptic, while Blazer is a kooky psychic. They're thrown together when they get invitations to an old house in Scotland where a mysterious man challenges them to discover the house's evil secret.

The banter between Donavan and Blazer is just spectacular. Paul Flannery's delivery makes the film. I laughed so hard at his antics! He's like a cheeky mix of Captain Jack Sparrow and Marcus from Babylon 5. So much fun!

Some people have complained about the ending of the film but I don't get why. I thought it fit the story well - and Blazer's wry grin makes it. Also, it's totally worth sitting through the credits. No special Marvel-style extra but the copyright notification and "Dedicated to Jack Donavan" made me laugh out loud.

Ghosts of Darkness is a ghost story with a good story line and effects. It's atmospheric, the camera angles work to that end, and the film was shot well. Although it's not terribly frightening, Ghosts of Darkness is an enjoyable watch. I'd certainly watch it again!

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