Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Screenwriter Alice Evans is hot off a relationship where she was beaten quite a bit. In the meantime, she's hooked up with a lady named Rebecca. Rebecca leaves town for awhile and Alice is nervous and decides to pull some Hollywood strings and stay in an empty house in a deserted location. Of course, she starts seeing hints of ghosts in the form of a couple who didn't exactly get along. All of this leads to Alice being haunted by Lucy's ghost, on top of her fears of her abusive ex haunting her.
Is it good movie?
I know the plot didn't sound too bad, but this movie was really not very good and it's sad that it'll likely be Brittany Murphy's last film role as she recently passed away. She's joined by another "almost-was" talent in Thora Birch, who plays Lucy. Thora has to do all the heavy lifting, as she plays off of Marc Blucas, the jealous husband who comes off like a dorky loser rather than an insane husband.
Here's the part that killed me the most- Alice is not phased at all by the things she sees. She follows wet footprints, her laptop screen bleeds, lights turning on and off, a bathtub that fills itself up, and so on. All kinds of other ethereal things happen to her, and she really takes it all in stride, rather than being on the first train out of there.
Half of this movie takes place in 'home movies' that Alice watches and that makes no sense at all because of the way it's filmed. Watch it if you like, you'll see what I mean. There's no way that David would have filmed all of the things he did and sometimes the point of view doesn't make sense. Who would be that obsessed with videotaping?
Other than that, there just isn't really much else to talk about. There's a twist ending, but it falls flat on its face because it negates a lot of the movie that came before it. Will you go back and watch for the cavernous plot holes and try to piece it together? No, you won't.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and features an AVC 1080p transfer and looks pretty okay. This isn't great source material to begin with, as you'll find some grain and other defects if you look hard enough.
Audio uses a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and works pretty well, the score comes through sharply.
All you get is a throwaway 10 minute EPK aptly titled Behind the Scenes and it's really just fluff. Standard glad-handing and 'here's how we came up with this movie' stuff.
This movie feels like some people were thinking they could just make a haunted house movie as long as they slapped some ghosts in there and creepy noises. Unfortunately, the acting, story and effects are sub-par and this one isn't paced well. This movie is best thought of as a TV movie of the week and really doesn't deserve to be on blu-ray. There isn't anything hi-def about it, there's no wealth of extras and there isn't even a scene selection!