“Ghost Son”

ghostson.jpgLaura Harring
John Hannah
Pete Postlethwaite
Coralina Cataldi Tassoni
Mosa Kasiser

Unrated           97min           2006

Mark (John Hannah – “The Mummy”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and his new American wife, Stacey (Laura Harring – “Mullholland Dr.”, “The Shield”), find true happiness on a remote ranch in South Africa. But their happiness is short-lived – Mark dies in a car crash and Stacey suddenly finds herself alone, grieving, and suicidal. Well, not entirely alone. Mark’s ghostly apparition pays her a nocturnal visit, taking her to the brink if both ecstasy and terror, after which Stacey discovers that she’s pregnant!

A year later, Stacey suspects that something is not right with her infant son, and it becomes apparent that he’s possessed by Mark’s spirit. She is convinced that the baby us trying to kill her, and his behavior in the presence if her naked body us bizarrely inappropriate. In desperation, Stacey resorts to the ancient shamanisitc traditions of her adopted country to save both her own life and that of her child.

“Ghost Son” is a freaky little movie with a low budget feel to it. It looks like it was film on location in Africa and I forgot to check the credit to see if it was. Really, I cannot believe this film was made based on the subject matter.

I guessing they did it for the money. It not the worst film I have seen these year but it is not far from it. I might appeal to science fiction spirit fearing people. What was supposed to be scary came off as comical.

I did not read the cover before renting the film, I got it because I am a fan of Laura Harrings’. That was a mistake. What pushes this film into freaky territory is the scene of the baby acting inappropriate with his mother. It is clear an animatronics arm but its still too creepy to be shown and pulled the limits of what is acceptable to watch. It made feel like I was voyageur into an Oedipal tryst.

There are no special features on “Ghost Son”. There are movie previews for “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror” and “Blood Ranch”.

I give it 1/5.


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