Main Plot Points:
- In 1994, Andrei Chikatilo was executed for torture, murder and cannibalism. Tonight he returns.
What We Thought:
- I’m not much of a fan of found footage/shaky cam/fake documentary style films. To be honest, I pretty much hate them. The good news is though, Ghoul isn’t that bad.
- It works overall for me because most of the film isn’t filled with cheap jump scares. Towards the end it gets into ghosts showing up, things being moved, people getting possessed, but the first three quarters of the film is pretty straight forward.
- Sure it’s shot with that fake documentary style that I really don’t like, but I could deal with it on this one. We all know this is a fake movie with actors, but they didn’t beat you over the head too much with it. It makes sense why they would be filming everything. It somehow worked well for this one.
- There’s some tension and not too many laughable moments. That’s my issue with a lot of these films, a door opening is scary to some people while I sit there and laugh. I didn’t laugh AT this film which is a huge positive.
- The twist on this film is that the spirit is a cannibal. We usually see ghosts that were killed and couldn’t move on or ghosts in a hospital of patients who were mistreated. This time it’s a ghost of a cannibal. Interesting new take on it.
- I think having actors & actresses that aren’t super familiar helps as well. You aren’t looking at faces of people that you clearly know are actors.
- Found Footage is a genre I will never like. It’s cheap and gimmicky filmmaking. Ghoul is one of the few ones I didn’t mind. It won’t change how I feel about the genre, but at least I found it watchable which is a huge change in how I usually feel about these types of movies.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jeremy Isabella
- Jennifer Armour
- Paul S. Tracey
Recommended if You Like:
- Chernobyl Diaries
- Found Footage/Fake Documentary Films