Saturday, August 24 2013, 02:15 PM MDT
DVD Review: An American Ghost Story
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Street Date: August 20, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: A young writer moves into a house where a vicious murder took place years before in hopes of waking the evil spirit that still dwells there.
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Commentary with Director and Cast
Recommendation: An American Ghost Story (originally titled Revenant) is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a low budget suspense/horror film. It eschews gore in favor of trying to build tension via bump-in-the-night sound effects and nighttime scenes with limited lighting. Writer/actor Stephen Twardokus tries to sneak in some psychological drama to give weight to the story, but really it’s just a by-the-numbers creeper that doesn’t really deliver. The dialogue is rough, the performances are rougher, the pacing is a bit too slow and the ending feels empty. On the plus side director/cinematographer Derek Cole and composer H. Anton Riehl show a great amount of promise. I’d be interested in seeing what Cole could do with a stronger script.
-Ryan Michael Painter