Saturday, February 25, 2017


Uncork’d Entertainment has become one of the leaders in releasing VOD horror movies. Next up of their offerings is the supernatural/paranormal film, Ghosts of Darkness. Filmed in the UK, Ghosts of Darkness, written and directed by David Ryan Keith (The Redwood Massacre), doesn’t need ‘found footage’ gimmicks or crazy camera angles to tell the story. It’s a straightforward type of movie that engages the audience’s attention to the story with well-crafted characters played by talented actors.

Ghosts of Darkness finds two men from two different fields of investigation summoned to the isolated Richwood Manor, which has been the site of murders and suicides for over two-hundred years. Jack Donovan (Michael Koltes, Capsule) is a skeptical paranormal investigator who has made a crusade out of debunking psychics after the death of his wife, Rebecca (Lisa Livingstone). Jonathan Blaze (Paul Flannery in his first film), is a charming psychic with a showman’s flair who immediately becomes a foil for Jack’s sceptic nature. Both men have been brought together to the manor by a mysterious Dapper man (Steve Weston) who claims to represent the owner of the house.
He presents Jack and Jonathan with a detailed dossier of all the documented killings that have happened and tells each man that he is to be paid fifty-thousand dollars if they can stay in the house for three days without being murdered or committing suicide. To make sure they stay, the man takes their cell phones and car keys leaving them stranded and locked inside Richwood Manor with no way out. It doesn’t take long for strange things to start happening.
Ghosts of Darkness has a fairly predictable script, with such a minimum of gore and no nudity that, sans the strong language, it could easily be shown on regular TV without any censorship. However, the movie does generate some interesting twists and turns to make the story more intense. The special effects and make-up in Ghosts of Darkness is done on a minimal basis as well, but highly effective in creating the creatures that will torment and terrorize Jack and Jonathan as they fight to stay alive beyond the three days no one else has ever survived past.

To me, what makes Ghosts of Darkness worth watching is to see Michael Koltes and Paul Flannery bring their characters to life and unfold the story of two diverse men finding a common bond. You would never be able to tell that this is Paul Flannery’s first movie role. He imbues Jonathan Blaze with the kind of childlike charm that reminds me of Johnny Depp in his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Blaze is immediately endearing and annoying all at the same time. Underneath all that lies a man who sees the spirits and knows the enemy.  Michael Koltes, brings to Jack Donavon the skill needed to create the sense of an action hero like character with a tragic past. He radiates the intensity of a man broken in his soul by the loss of the wife he couldn’t save.  The two actors have an on-screen working chemistry that allows them to play off of each other and create tension, strength and story to Ghosts Of Darkness.
Ghosts of Darkness will be released onto VOD in March. I think it’s certainly worth watching if you get the chance to see it.
Marla’s Score: 6/10

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