Director – Adam Stovall
Starring – MacLeod Andrews (Doctor Sleep, Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror), Natalie Walker (BoJack Horseman, Fakers), and Sydney Vollmer (#Awkward Dates, Wildfire)
Release Date – 2020
Rating – 3.5/5
I never know what I’m going to pick up at the post office on a daily basis. For a movie fan, reviewing movies has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I get a fair amount of mail in on a daily basis from companies wanting me to review their movies.
A few days ago MVD sent over a few Arrow Video releases for me to check out. Out of the four titles sent my way I had not seen two of them before. One that really caught my eye was A Ghost Waits which was the only new film out of the four. When I finished my Goriest Production double feature I decided I would toss it in and see what it was about. I want to thank MVD and Arrow Video for sending these my way.
The film follows Jack (Andrews) who is hired to clean out a rental property that tenants refuse to stay in. After spending some time there he discovers that it is haunted. The ghost, Muriel (Walker) is tasked with haunting the house but when Jack refuses to leave which makes Muriel look bad with her supervisor. The hard Muriel tries the more time she spends with Jack. Overtime the two start to fall for each other but when Rosie, a new ghost trying to prove she’s good at scaring, arrives the two work together to get rid of Rosie before they realize they love each other.
I didn’t expect the film to be a traditional horror tale and for the most part it wasn’t. However, the film was very unique especially when compared to the other indie horror flicks I review. It was very comforting while having great atmosphere and tone. It’s rare to get an indie production that leaves it’s mark like A Ghost Waits does.
The acting in this one is fantastic. The supporting cast is great but Andrews and Walker are fantastic together. The characters are so well written and the two do a fantastic job together. Their chemistry is great and they are naturals in front of the camera. The story for this one is not your traditional supernatural tale. The mix of moody drama with horror elements mixed with romance creates a rather unique film that will pull the viewer in. The character development is far above most films with similar budgets.
Finally, this is not a bloody and gory flick. The black and white mixed with the make-up makes the ghosts stand out but no blood for the average gore junkie. Overall, A Ghost Waits is a movie I thought I would never like but here I am still thinking about it after it’s long been off. I highly recommend snagging this arrow release. It’s well worth it.