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Movie Review: GHOUL

On one of the days when I had Chiller, I recorded this movie. Having watched it last night, I now suspect the fact that on certain days I get Chiller and other days I don’t, it might just be some higher supernatural power trying to look out for me. If that’s the case, though, it missed one day, because GHOUL got through the filter. My satellite TV guardian angel may be sparing me from unwittingly watching some lousy movies, but I can’t conceive of there being many any worse than GHOUL. Whooo, boy, it was bad!

It’s just like IT, honestly, or STRANGER THINGS, if you take away every ounce of capable, effective storytelling. If I were author Brian Keene, who wrote the novel upon which the film was based, I’d try to get my name removed from it. I haven’t read the book, but surely the plot isn’t as ham-fisted as it is in this film.–

–In the 80s, there’s a monster down in the abandoned mine running beneath the graveyard, eating corpses, killing horny teenagers who trespass in its cemetery, and the only way to destroy it is for the group of friends to drag it up into the sunlight, at which point it will disintegrate.–

And the execution–Geeze, the execution! The script reads like it was written by a ninth-grader sometime during the 1990s, and all the actors (I hate to call them that) are reading the stilted dialogue off cue cards. It’s awful. Awful, awful, awful. There’s a fairly neat twist ending that I didn’t expect; I probably should have, but I wouldn’t have given the movie credit for being inventive enough. But that ending is far too little to save the film. There isn’t even a cool-looking monster to make this one tolerable. Unless you just enjoy watching bad movies–and I don’t mean bad movies in the good sense of the word–skip this one.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763

MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

TheCheezman • December 12, 2017


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