THE GHOUL REVIEWED
“The Ghoul” wants to be something deeper than it is. However, what it sacrifices to make itself so convoluted only to makes what’s missing that much more important. The idea of a crime being seemingly insolvable to a damaged person is fascinating. I don’t care if he’s unreliable or reality seems to be shifting around him. When a mystery plays fair, it doesn’t necessarily undermine the audience’s intelligence. It gives a mixed crowd the chance to feel their way through the narrative.
For as much as this film gets right in tone, it jumbles so much for the sake of creating an artificial aesthetic. I delayed posting this for a few days, as I tried to fix my approach to the film about my second and third viewings. Nothing changed. What I found was a botched detective story that tries to think that plot twists make up for linear problem solving. I would love to see a fan recut this one into something that works.
- Short Film
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 9/12/17
The Plot Thus Far
From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan’s Following. Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague – and former girlfriend – Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect’s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult… The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness), The Ghoul is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema.