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The Blackwell Ghost (2017) – Movie Review

The Blackwell Ghost (2017) - Movie Review

Okay, this one’s gonna be short and sweet ‘cos the movie itself is…short and sweet! (well, it’s about 55 minutes long).

Came across this effort about a week back, it caught my attention in the horror genre section of Putlocker because it had one of the worst video covers I had ever seen.

It’s one of those poor Photoshop stints that scream out – “I’m the cover of a damn cheap Found Footage movie – lend me some cash for a beer!”

Clicked on it and low and behold…a cheap Found Footage movie popped up on the screen.

Anyway, that never puts me off – more often than not these cheap efforts tend to be more interesting than the Hollywood efforts…but not always…

The Plot

For once I’m not going to steal the bio from IMDb today…I’m gonna steal it from Putlocker instead…

“A filmmaker tries to prove that ghosts are real but soon regrets his intentions after he finds himself being terrorized in a haunted house by a ghost with a dark past. An authentic documentary that shows actual ghost footage that was captured on camera.”

The most important part of that bio is probably the statement ‘actual ghost footage’ – keep that in mind for the remainder of the review.

Long-Winded…Even at Just Under an Hour

That’s the main note I typed up for myself after I finished watching this movie last week – long-winded even at just under an hour.

I guess I’m being a little bit unfair here but first impressions do last – and this was my first impression after watching the movie.

I think they were aiming at directing the ‘build’ of the film in a sustainable manner, cos they had no budget therefore no special effects to rely on.

That’s fine – I commend this…but even though the film had a relatively short running time I still got pretty bored by the 30 minute mark (that’s just over the halfway point…for those of you that struggle with arithmetic!).

Not a good sign really…is it?

Conclusion

Okay, let’s hit up a few positives to even this out a bit, after all, this film was not a total turd by any stretch of the imagination…

First off the main character (played by some geezer who’s name I forgot to write down) – pretty good. Realistic, easy enough to relate to and not over the top with his acting style.

The girl who plays his wife – shit. Cardboard mannerisms and a face like a smacked ass – she didn’t smile once in the whole duration of the film (from what I remember).

Cinematography and general use of cameras – impressive. Many different camera angles taken from many different media recording devices. This was a BIG bonus to the overall feel of the film and made it seem a lot more professional than it probably was!

Overall I’d have to say this was pretty average – but at the same time a lot better than some of the heinous Found Footage abominations I’ve had to put up on this site. It is long-winded, as I mentioned, but there is enough in the final quarter of the film to make things worthwhile (just about!).

I found it on Putlocker but I have been told that it’s also on Sockshare at the moment (cheers Howard!). This means that it will probably be floating about Vidzi, NowVideo etc, etc.

Worth a shout really – it’s only 55 minutes long!

Chris

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