Ghost House (2017)
Lost in the Thai countryside, an adventurous young American couple finds themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House. Desperate for a solution, they spiral deeper into a surreal, supernatural world that leads them into a frenzied, terrifying confrontation with pure evil.
Ghost House is about an American couple taking a trip to Thailand where they end up getting themselves in a lot of paranormal trouble. Both Julie and Jim are having a great time in Thailand, doing all the things that tourists do. They meet two British travelers who want to show them a fun time. During a drunken outing, they persuade Julie to come along with them to the countryside. While there they come in contact with strange demonic shrines that locals call ghost houses. Ghost houses are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort after a person dies.
Soon, the couple finds themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere when something supernatural starts torturing Julie. Meanwhile, Jim tries to find out what is harming his fiance while Julie lies on the ground twisting in agony. The supernatural presence is not well explained either Occasionally you forget that you are watching a horror film and the horrific ghost woman drops back into the picture to remind you. The scary woman is the Phi Tai Hong, which is a vengeful spirit that died a violent death without the proper funerary rites.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’d be letting two strange men talk me into going anywhere with them, especially in another country, and these guys just look like trouble from the start. They definitely give off strange vibes and you quickly learn the reason why. They seem to be pulling the couple away, trying to get them apart from each other. I will admit, however, some of the jump-scares are actually pretty darn good. You hear them coming, but the sound they make is pretty intense. Sound always seems to scare me more than the visual action. This movie had that from the beginning.
There was this one really cool part where the couple is making out, and she’s been seeing a ghost every time she turns around for most of the day when suddenly the ghost pops in during their sex scene and scares the hell out of her. Naturally, she runs into the bathroom and the guy asks what’s going on and she tells him “I just need some aspirin”. Haha! So, he goes out to get some for her, leaving her alone to fight off the ghost that’s obviously going to mess with her while he’s wandering around Thailand.
Although the film had a lot of silly parts, it was still a decent movie. At least this one had some jump-scares that lasted throughout the movie, or rather before you start getting a little too used to them. Who knows, they probably aren’t even as scary if you’re not watching it alone and in total darkness. I gave it 3 stars.
Title: Ghost House
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: James Landry Hébert, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Mark Boone Junior
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Rich Ragsdale
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 2.4 /5
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