Movie Review: Ghost House (2017)

Synopsis: While visiting Thailand with her fiance, Jim, a young American woman, Julie, becomes obsessed with the country's Ghost Houses, small houses designed to attract spirits so they don't feel the need to haunt a real house. When she is tricked into disrespecting one of the houses, she is haunted by the angry spirit of a jilted woman who died in a fire and seeks to steal the souls of young women.

Who's in it? The movie stars Scout Taylor-Compton, James Landry Hebert, Mark Boone Junior, Michael S. New, Russell Geoffrey Banks and Rich Lee Gray.

Review: This was a movie I was undecided about when I first came across it on Netflix. The preview looked somewhat interesting. But, the film also seemed somewhat similar to other movies we've seen before and, because of that, I had doubts about it being anything special.

However, I couldn't find much else that caught my eye so we ended up watching it. As it turns out, it was a better film than I was expecting it to be.

There are some parts of this movie that are very predictable. For one, when Julie (Taylor-Compton) became obsessed with the houses, it was obvious she was going to do something that would cross some sort of spiritual line. And, when her and Jim (Hebert) ran into a pair of British guys (Banks and Gray), both my wife and I figured they were up to something and I was quick to correctly guess they were connected to the young woman (Katrina Grey) shown being stalked by the ghost early in the film.

That being said, as the movie progressed, the film wasn't quite as predictable. This is because the only known cure for the haunting was to find another victim, something Jim wasn't willing to do. And, with only 36 hours until it was too late, that left him with limited options for saving Julie. Not to mention, the one guy who seemed to know how to help him, Reno (Boone Junior), wasn't exactly the most trustworthy person.

I think my only real complaint about this movie is I had a hard time liking Jim. He, ultimately, was the hero of the movie. But, he was also kind of an ass, especially when it came to Julie. Of course, that, combined with his occasional cowardice, did help with keeping the ending unpredictable because, while he could step up and save the day, it was equally possible he would save himself and let Julie die.

Final Opinion: I don't know if I could describe this movie as overly memorable or special. But, it still was entertaining enough and the ghost (Wen-Chu Yang) was creepy enough to make it worth taking the time to watch once.

My Grade: B


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