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#2,549. Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

Posted on the 07 April 2021 by Dvdinfatuation
#2,549. Incident in a Ghostland  (2018)
Written and directed by Pascal Laugier, 2018’s Incident in a Ghostland grabs you by the throat right at the outset. While moving in to their late Aunt’s dilapidated house, single mother Pauline (Mylene Farmer) and her two teenage daughters Beth (Emilia Jones) and Vera (Taylor Hickson) are attacked by an oafish mute (Rob Archer) and his companion (Kevin Power). Though taken by surprise, Pauline manages to get the upper hand on the invaders, ending this nightmarish experience once and for all.
Cut to 16 years later. Beth (now played by Crystal Reed) is a best-selling author of horror novels. She has the perfect husband (Adam Hurtig), the perfect son (Denis Cozzi), and the perfect life. Unfortunately, Vera (Anastasia Phillips) has never recovered from the terrifying home invasion, and begs Beth to help her. Hoping to end her sister’s torment, Beth returns to the scene of the crime, but quickly realizes there’s more going on in the house than meets the eye.
To go any deeper into what transpires during the remainder of Incident in a Ghostland would be a spoiler, and this is a film that relies on its surprises. What I can tell you is that this is a very dark motion picture, and never once does it lose its edge. You are on pins and needles throughout the entire movie, in part due to the performances (Reed, Phillips, Jones and Hickson are outstanding, as is Mylene Farmer as the girls’ mother), but also thanks to the film’s penchant for mystery (like Beth, we can’t quite get a grasp on what’s happening to Vera) as well as the solid direction of Pascal Laugier, who keeps things moving along at a brisk pace.
In addition to the film’s more macabre attributes (and there are plenty), at the heart of Incident in a Ghostland is the rather touching story of two estranged sisters reconnecting, brought together by an unspeakable tragedy. In the end, Incident in a Ghostland works well on that level, and is an effective family drama.
But it’s the horror that will stay with you for a long, long time.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 (strongly recommended)

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