Monday, July 7, 2014

Movie Spotlight: An American Ghost Story

An American Ghost Story is a 2012 movie that stars Stephen Twardokus, Liesel Kopp, Jon Gale, Wendy Haines, Cain Clifton, and Maureen McElroy.  Writer Paul Anderson (Stephen Twardokus, who also wrote the movie) and his girlfriend Stella (Liesel Kopp) move into a house that is said to be haunted by a family who were victims of a murder-suicide; Paul hopes that living there will inspire his first novel.  The first night in the house, Paul shows Stella crime scene photos of the house and asks her to decorate one of the rooms exactly the way it was decorated when the murders occurred because it might increase the likelihood of paranormal activity. (Your boyfriend isn’t right in the head, Stella. Get out!)  Stella is in the kitchen one day when all of the cabinets fly open and the radio turns on by itself; Paul later comes in to find Stella nearly catatonic, and she tells him that she can’t live there anymore.  Paul talks her into staying until the next morning, but she's smarter than most people in horror movies, so she hightails it out of there and never comes back.

I thought An American Ghost Story was a decent movie, but it didn't scare the shit out of me the way some of the Paranormal Activity movies did (which was probably a good thing since I was alone when I watched it). If you like movies about haunted houses, but don't like to be too scared, this might be the movie for you.

My rating: 6/10

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