Ghosts of War (2020)
94 min|Horror, Thriller, War|17 Jul 2020
5.4Rating: 5.4 / 10 from 2,150 usersMetascore: 38
Five American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

War settings are indeed very rarely developed by filmmakers, in addition to the genre of biography, action, and some of the popular superhero films lately. Overlord (2018) tries something new by combining it with horror and science fiction. Ghosts of War is now trying to explore freshly, but unfortunately, a little too much.

Ghosts of War is an Eric Bress-directed horror war movie that we know through Butterfly Effect and writes the Final Destination series. The film stars several young actors we know in television series, such as Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, Kyle Garner, Alan Ritchson, and Skylar Astin. Although not a big studio produced, the achievement of the technical side of the film is fairly decent, especially the setting.

During World War II, five US soldiers were on a mission to inhabit a large house in a small town in France, which was once occupied by the Nazis. It is said that the occupants of the house were killed sadistically by the German army. Strange events ensued shortly after they spent the night there. The invisible entity slowly began to disturb the five soldiers who tested their sanity.

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Very interesting. The premise is promising a fresh story because it is usually a family in the position of these soldiers. The soldiers who are trained and fully armed certainly make the situation completely different. The setting of a large mansion, both exterior, and interior, is equally good at supporting the horror atmosphere. Expectations began to strengthen throughout the story that was creating curiosity. Jump scares are the mainstay throughout the film. Even though it’s no longer new, the atmosphere of a different story makes everything feel fresh. Not until the end of the second act, changed 180 ° of the story. Is the twist surprising? Not really, we’ve seen this before (mentioning the title = spoilers), and this destroys the story that was built neatly from the start. What’s the point in trying to do that kind of experiment? Not even saving the world.

With a combination of genre and fresh premise, Ghosts of War has everything to become something more, but excessive innovation destroys the story. The combination of story and genre can still be explored far better than this. What a waste. Hopefully, there are still filmmakers who want to glance in this direction in the future.

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Himawan Pratista
His hobbies are watching films since he was a child and exploring the theory and history of film self-taught after graduating from an architectural study. He began writing articles and film reviews from 2006. Because of his experience, the writer was drawn into the teaching staff of a private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta to teach Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut book is Memahami Film (Understanding Films/2008) which separates film art as narrative and cinematic. His second book, Memahami Film (Understanding Films - Second Edition/2017), has now been published. These two books are favourite references for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also fully involved in writing the Compilation Book of the Montage Film Bulletin Vol. 1-3 as well as 30 best-selling Indonesian films 2012-2018. Until now, he still writes film reviews and is actively involved in all film productions in the Montase Film Community. Full bio can be viewed on the site.


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