Ghost from the Machine (2010)

Salutations my screechers, screamers, and scary dreamers,

Tonight’s tale of terror entitled “Ghost from the Machine” concerns contrite Cody’s construction of a current creating contraption to resurrect his recently passed parents.  Problems arise as antagonistic apparitions appear and project partners persecute.  Can Cody conquer his compulsions and keep custody of his surviving sibling? 

Presently paranormal pictures are prevailing and proliferating on odeum screens so should smaller submissions such as “Ghost from the Machine” be noticed or neglected? 

This film focuses heavily on characters and themes, choosing not to bother trying to elicit cheap screams, a refreshing change which makes it stand apart from the rest and rewards patient viewers who are willing to invest.  The sense of loss, grief, and obsession is really intense which creates a mood that feels both melancholy and dense.  I found myself to be emotionally overcome before there was ever even a glimpse of a phantom.

Great ideas can be ruined by poor dissimulation, but the actors here have all earned my full commendation.  Since this film is light on scares the players carry the weight and they deftly made me care about each character’s fate. From the funeral prelude to the haunting closing shot I found myself eager to know these people’s final lot. 

I have not yet mentioned the music or special effects, but have no fear dear reader for those are coming up next.  The soundtrack compliments but it is never distracting so that our focus stays centered on the brilliant acting.  The special effects on offer are kept very subdued a tactic which only serves to further enhance the mood. 

Story/Concept: 2
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 2

TOTAL: 9/10
 

In brief the brooding tenor can feel intimidating and merged with grounded writing proves to be devastating.  To me the horror displayed was an ancillary part to the realistic relationships that formed this film’s heart. If one were to accede to letting this story in it could linger for a while beneath a person’s skin. 

Stick to the shadows my fine friends. 

Sincerely,
Mr. William Nightshade