I will start with being honest, I really struggled through this movie.
It’s not the worst of its type I have seen (and by ‘type’ I mean, amateur paranormal investigators go into an old house, uncover the urban legend everybody scoffs at is true, and then awaken a spirit of some sort) but I found it to be, frankly unentertaining and uninspiring.
The official synopsis: “A group of rag-tag paranormal investigators (G.H.O.S.T.) get more than they bargain for when they research an old local urban legend for a disturbed local girl.”
I will say that the film started strong, and credit to director/writer Joseph Lavender, he established some likable (albeit generic) characters and a romantic subplot which at least gives some of the more emotional scenes towards the end of the film more weight that they perhaps would have done had the characters not been developed in this way.
That said, there is a sentimental monologue towards the end of the film which made me want to be sick in my mouth so let’s not overdo it eh?
As the film progressed, the cliched bumps in the night (literally in some scenes) began to set in, and as they did it became all too apparent that the 97-minute run time was going to struggle for content.
The G.H.O.S.T. team use all the usual paranormal monitoring methods, and in return they are treated to all the standard supernatural responses. The problem is, you know what is coming before they do! So long as you have viewed with ‘The Conjuring’ (plot) or ‘Grave Encounters’(content) you should be good to go.
Issue here, somehow, despite attempts at some fairly generic scares ‘Ghost Witch’ just cannot find its mark.
As original ideas began to dry up quicker than a puddle in a Texas drought, the acting, character decisions, dull historical exposition expose too blatantly the films aforementioned weaknesses.
To add further to the films agonisingly slow demise, ‘Ghost Witch’s’ final hour descends into an almost unbearable torrent of melodramatic character meltdowns, cheesy ‘let’s hold it together’ speeches and frankly awkward to watch possession scenes. The film tries hard to avoid it, by throwing in some social subtext into the ghost’s motives, but ultimately this is the third person equivalent of those screaming shaky-cam endings that befall all amateur-hour ‘found footage’ entries.
Overall, there is perhaps some talent hidden somewhere in Lavender’s debut, but ‘Ghost Witch’ is both too generic in its context, and too poorly executed to even measure up alongside its most average of peers.