The Blackwell Ghost (2017) Horror Movie Review


The Review (Spoiler Free)

“The Blackwell Ghost” (2017) is a found footage film that has intrigued audiences with its claim to be a genuine documentary. Directed, written, and edited by Turner Clay, the film follows a filmmaker’s quest to prove the existence of ghosts. The narrative takes a turn when the filmmaker finds himself terrorized in a haunted house by a ghost with a dark past.

The film has garnered a mixed reception, with some viewers appreciating its minimalistic approach to the horror genre. The subtlety of the paranormal activities depicted—such as faucets turning on by themselves and doors opening—has been praised for creating a more realistic and suspenseful atmosphere than the typical jump scare tactics employed by many films in the genre.

On the other hand, skepticism surrounds the authenticity of the film’s documentary claim. Some viewers have criticized “The Blackwell Ghost” for misleading them into believing it was a real documentary, only to discover that the events, including the backstory of Ruth Blackwell and the murders, were fictional. This revelation has led to a discussion about the ethical implications of presenting fiction as fact, especially in a genre that heavily relies on the suspension of disbelief.

Despite the controversy, “The Blackwell Ghost” has managed to carve out a niche for itself within the found footage genre. The film’s reliance on practical effects and the absence of CGI contribute to its grounded feel. The simplicity of the scares, which rely on everyday occurrences that are subtly off, taps into a primal fear of the unknown that resides in the familiar.

The performances, particularly by Turner Clay, have been met with varying opinions. While some find the acting convincing and integral to the film’s immersive experience, others feel that it detracts from the overall quality, citing moments of overacting or lack of authenticity.

In the Nutshell

“The Blackwell Ghost” is a film that will likely appeal to fans of the found footage genre who are looking for a more understated and psychologically unnerving experience. It stands as a testament to the power of minimalism in horror, proving that sometimes less is indeed more. However, viewers seeking a traditional horror film with clear-cut scares and a definitive resolution may find it lacking. As with any piece of media, the enjoyment of “The Blackwell Ghost” ultimately depends on individual taste and the willingness to engage with its unique presentation of the paranormal. [4 out of 5 stars]

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Genre: Documentary / Found-footage

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  1. Sucked… I bought 1,2 and 3. Total waste of time and money. He and his wife are bad actors. They are ridiculous and fake.


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