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Canada 2023
produced by
Scott Williams, Jason Armstrong, Brian Oakley, Chad Chatterson, Jason Skitch, Torin Langen, Stuart McAulay for SKG Films
directed by Jason Armstrong
starring Jake Raymond, Christina Aceto, Lindsay Smith, Colin Price, Chris Carnel, Rich Piatkowski, Gene Abella, Rachel Sellan, Christina Schimmel, Alex Graham, Alex Frankson, Becky E. Shrimpton, Jason Skitch, Maria Skitch, Brian Oakley, Madison Oakley
written by Jason Armstrong, Becky E. Shrimpton, special effects makeup by Mitchell Stacey, stunt coordination by Chris Carnel

The Ghost is a Lie

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ian (Jake Raymond), Sarah (Christina Aceto) and Hope (Lindsay Smith) travel deep into the Canadian countryside to make a horror film with filmmaker Corey (Colin Price) and horror icons Ben (Rich Piatkowski) and Becky (Christina Schimmel) - but the production is under no good star from the start, like when producer Meg (Alex Graham) cuts the budget in half before as much as a scene is even shot. Budgetary constraints of course eventually mean that the cast and crew has to camp out in tents during the shoot, and there aren't any bathrooms around. Everybody tries to keep their spirits high, but it gets harder and harder. And the fact that Ian is in everybody's face with his camera, being the self-appointed BTS cameraman, doesn't really help the already strained atmosphere either. And then, while Corey, Hope and Sarah are away from the base filming a stunt, everybody else is butchered, and when they return they're quick to realize they're probably next on the killer's kill list ...

 

To say that I'm not the biggest fan of the found footage approach to filmmaking would be a sort of understatement - and yet this film comes across as rather charming, at the beginning looking exactly what it's supposed to be, random behind-the-scenes footage of a cheap horror film, and the whole thing is peppered with plenty of in-jokes everybody who has ever been on a low budget filmset or even is into low budget horror will almost surely get. And the awkwardness of the situation sure helps to build up tension - that really explodes when the horror aspect of the film takes over. And while, sure, there's a little too much shaky camerawork in this one - always a weak point of found footage horrors - but the shole thing is conceived and edited well enough to create some real suspense as well, ultimately making for a pretty good horror experience.

 

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