Movie Review: Ghost Town (2009)

Synopsis: A bus full of college students gets lost in the desert and breaks down in an abandoned Old West town. While searching for a phone and debating how to get home, the students discover the town is haunted by a murderous ghost and his gang.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jessica Rose, Randy Wayne, Gil Gerard, Billy Drago and Annabelle Wallis.

Review: Christmas was over so my wife looked for a horror film for us to watch last night. After scrolling through a couple choices, she settled on this one. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as we were hoping it would be.

The overall premise of this movie wasn't a terrible one though, admittedly, it did feel like a ripoff of other films we've seen. A film that takes place in the middle of nowhere with no easy escape and villains that can't be killed (because they are already dead) had a lot of potential. The problem was the movie really never achieves that potential.

I think the biggest problem with the movie is the ghosts take way too long to do anything. When they do strike, it is with quite a bit of speed and violence. However, they also give their victims way too much time to discuss the situation and figure out their plan of attack. The reality is, the ghosts could have easily wiped out everyone before they had any clue what was going on but, instead, chose to sneak around and kill people off one-by-one, even though there was no real reason to do so.

I also feel like this movie would have been better served by having less people. More isn't always better in horror films, especially since it doesn't give the viewer a chance to get to know/like a victim enough to care if they are killed. On one hand, I get it, the movie needed more victims to drag out the runtime but, at the same time, I think the movie could have accomplished the same thing by giving the ghosts a reason not to kill people right away.

Final Opinion: It's an OK movie and does have a couple memorable scenes but, overall, the film doesn't quite live up to its potential and, at best, is an average horror movie.

My Grade: C


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