A HAUNTING AT SILVER FALLS
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Alix Elizabeth Glitter
What's it about
A newly orphaned teen moves in with her aunt and uncle, and is promptly menaced by a creepy, wet ghost.
Is it good movie?
Already having lost her mother as a small child, 17-year old Jordan finds herself living with an aunt and uncle she never knew following the untimely death of her father. Aunt Anne and husband Kevin live in a rural town called Silver Falls, which is rumored to be haunted. Which is borne out when Jordan finds a ring in the woods, and is shadowed by a dead, apparently drowned girl after she puts it on. The girl seems to be trying to tell Jordan something, which leads Jordan on a quest to solve the mystery of the girl's death.
I kept switching my opinion of this movie, back and forth, throughout almost its entire running time. The title is clearly designed to put you in mind of other, recent light horror films, and that was a strike against it. But then I was surprised at the time the movie took to set up its characters; while not exactly exuding verisimilitude, they were all pretty well-drawn, and ultimately likeable. Then it started to seem a little unbalanced, like it was killing time because it didn't quite know where to go with with dead, drowned girl, gimme back my ring premise. Yet still, I started finding the dead girls (spoiler alert) actually kind of creepy.
Then, alas, the movie shoots its wad all over its own face with a really crappy reveal. It's one of those you-never-saw-it-coming endings, but that's only because it doesn't make any sense. I'm not sure which parts of this film are the ones "based on true events," but I gotta think they could have done something better for us at the end. You know the dead girls wouldn't be all up in Jordan's grill if she wasn't connected to their killer, but it just seems like they tossed all the characters names in a hat, and drew the conclusion from said chapeau. And just when it almost had me liking it. A shame, really.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, 1.78:1.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1. No subtitles.
Just a trailer.
A HAUNTING AT SILVER FALLS is almost a good movie. It tries hard, but ultimately doesn't have enough meat on its bones to get the viewer fully invested, and what investment you do have gets pissed on at the end. I wouldn't go so far as to say avoid this ghostly murder mystery, but I also wouldn't suggest you take any heroic measures to see it, either.