IMDb Rating: 5.4/10
R |1h 34min | Horror, Thriller | 17 Jul 2020 (UK) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38 % Rotten (Critic reviews) | 45 % Rotten (Audience reviews)
Director: Eric Bress
Writer: Eric Bress
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson
Movie Tagline: “The Enemy Isn’t Out There. It’s In Here“…
IMDb summary: Five American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.
Ghosts of War was surprisingly entertaining. It’s not often you see a war genre film mixed with the paranormal that’s interesting enough to watch all the way through. It’s actually a tough call for everyone involved, least of all the actors who need to portray men that are rugged and used to death but still spooked by the thought of being haunted by ghosts.
The gist of the film focuses on a squad of men who are ordered to meet with another platoon at a specific location. When they finally arrive, they are greeted by their fellow comrades who look like they can’t wait to exit the area as quickly as possible. Since we know this is a ghost story, it’s easy to guess why the soldiers are so on edge. But our little band of brothers have orders and follow them they must. The remainder of the film gets interesting just about when the haunting begins.
There are a lot of jump scares so be prepared for that. And the haunting is absolutely crazy! This is definitely the heart of the film and it’s executed well.
Onto the not-so-great stuff. There are some minor plot holes where things really don’t seem to gel well. Even though you understand towards the end exactly why these men are being haunted and by whom, it’s just a little bit “out there” even for people who like the weird stuff like us.
Titans lead actor Brenton Thwaites is the most recognisable of the group as the troop leader Chris as well as Kyle Gallner who portrays an interesting character that reminded me a lot of a pre-psychopathic Edward Gein.