Number 3 on the Countdown to Halloween
Ghost in the Graveyard
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Ghost in the Graveyard… hmmm… There’s so much to say and I don’t really know how to start, but here we go. With a cast involving Jake Busey, Royce Johnson, and Nikki Blonsky, I so wanted to love this movie! Honestly, I love Jake Busey and I was thrilled when I saw that he was in this movie. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.
While playing a game of “Ghost in the Graveyard”, which just seems to be hide-and-seek but in a graveyard (these kids have lost their minds), a terrible accident leaves one of the children, Martha (Shiloh Verrico), dead. Flash forward about ten years later, I’m assuming, and Sally (Kelli Berglund – one of the children from the beginning) is returning home from somewhere. Now, I only say “somewhere” because they never actually say where she was. Don’t get me wrong, a girl does say that she figured out where she was and made sure to say, “believe me, it’s good”. However, we only get to see a cryptic note that doesn’t clear anything up for us, and even after finishing the movie, I still don’t know where she was. Anyway, after returning home from Mystery Island, Sally heads off to her senior year of catholic school.
She gets a lovely warm welcome from a boy she’s digging named Reed (Joah Carmody), who weirdly looks like Billy (Zebedee Row), her brother. Let’s just shake off that icky moment and move on. Reed sweetly greets Sally at home with a big hug and her dad, Charlie (Jake Busey) seems to approve. Score for Reed. Unfortunately for Sally, not everyone is happy to see her home. Zoe (Olivia Larsen), another kid from the game in the beginning, just seems annoyed to see her. Thankfully, she has her stereotypical group of girlfriends to follow her around and agree to her every word.
That sounds familiar…
Oh! That’s right! Anyway, Zoe and her friends corner Sally in the hallway and tell her to join them for a night out in the woods. They try and entice her with getting high, telling each other ghost stories, getting high, maybe smoking some pot, getting stoned, enjoying some marijuana, and getting high. Did I mention that they like to get high? Not sure if I did or not. Yeah, it’s talked about a lot in this movie, and I’m not sure why. It quickly starts to feel like an after school special. Just say no, kids!
The kids in the school seem to think that Sally is crazy because she says that she sees ghosts. More specifically, she says that she sees the ghost of Martha. Thanks to that, she seems to be alienated from the other kids. That is until Zoe comes to her and says that she too is being haunted by Martha. Unfortunately, that’s not the only secret Sally will discover.
Charlie has been doing everything in his power to protect Sally from learning the truth, but it seems that there’s no hiding it anymore. Will he be strong enough to save Sally or is will she be destroyed by the secret?
Okay, so I won’t need to write too much here because a lot of thoughts were in the Breakdown. But there is definitely some things we need to talk about. For one, I don’t want you to get me wrong, I loved the idea behind Ghost in the Graveyard. However, I just don’t think it was executed very well.
Let’s start with one of the easiest fixes for this movie, the sound. I had to turn my sound up so loud because the voices were so quiet, but the music was insanely loud! The only real jump scare was during the end narration, because it was the only time the voice was loud, but this time it was almost screaming at us. Seriously, I almost jumped out of my skin.
The dialog was just awkward. I wasn’t sure if it was the delivery or the way the lines were written, but it was uncomfortable. There is a scene with Charlie and Billy, father and son, where Billy said “dad” four times in a short conversation. It feels like they are trying to convince us that Billy is Charlie’s son, but honestly they look more like friends than anything else. You can’t fool us, Billy!
I know I might sound really dumb here, but I have to say it, I’m not sure what “Ghost in the Graveyard” has to do with this movie. Just hear me out. Yes, the children played a game with this name in the beginning, but it isn’t the main focus of the movie. However, with it being the title of the movie and a song sang in the movie, you would expect it to play a bigger role.
While this wasn’t a movie I liked, there was one scene that I really appreciated. They got an overhead shot of Sally and Zoe lying on the ground. The shot is so symbolic and beautiful. I think it was such a smart idea to grab a shot like this. I think you’ll understand more when you watch it.
And yes, I still think you all should watch this movie. Maybe you all can find things that I didn’t or understand parts that I couldn’t. Once you see it, tell me what you thought, even if you don’t agree with me, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Not for this one. Honestly, it didn’t really even feel like a horror movie. It felt more like I was watching a made for TV thriller/mystery. So, unfortunately, no True Fear.
Like I said, I really want to hear what you think about this movie, so give it a watch!
Ghost in the Graveyard will be released to digital platforms on November 5th.
Look for it on one of these platforms:
- Vimeo on Demand