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Thursday, July 16, 2020

GHOSTS OF WAR REVIEW



Follows five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield. 

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, and Kyle Gallner

Directed and written by: Eric Bress

  War in itself is true horror. Purposely trying to kill others with knives, guns, grenades, and even bombs screams horror. It’s tough being there, and maybe tougher for those lucky enough to return. For the five soldiers in “Ghosts of War,” they hope to make it home, but are about to face everything war can throw at them and more!
  Chris (Brenton Thwaites) leads his squad on their next mission, which is to relieve another squad and hold down an old Chateau. The other squad acts weird on their way out, but this group of soldiers is looking forward to the opportunity for some rest and relaxation. As soon as they let their guard down they hear some strange noises in the house. They see things they aren’t sure are real, and eventually find signs of black magic. Before they can dig deeper into that, they must protect the house from the Germans. 
  In one of the better scenes, the audience gets a mix of war time violence, and deaths at the hands of the ghosts that haunt this home. The house appears to be haunted by a family that was killed by Nazis. Their deaths are slowly hinted at, and then played out once fighting begins. The soldiers defend the house only to want to leave it. Like with most ghost stories, leaving isn’t going to solve the problem.
  One of the soldiers has been taking clues from a journal found in the home. They figure burying the bones of the family will work, but that only seems to piss off the ghosts. The soldiers end up trying to fight off the ghosts, who want the soldiers to experience the way they died. At this point, it’s hard to know which side will prevail in this battle, and then the movie drops a huge twist in the story. 
  The twist will be much talked about, and might be the deciding factor over how much this movie is liked. As for me, I liked the twist. It fills in some of the odd things in the story that they clearly want the audience to know. At a time when fans want something different, this twist does just that. Yes, the twist is a little weird in itself, but why not try something different?
  Some soldiers return home to be haunted by war, but the soldiers here get treated to a haunting while still on duty. They find themselves fighting off Nazis, and a family of ghosts that are out to make them pay. The film executes the brutality of war well, and sets up some good scares. For those paying attention, they might get tired of the scares, and not notice it’s all because of something else happening. The twist will probably win over some fans, disappoint others, but will definitely give them something to talk about. Because I enjoyed the twist and how the story ultimately plays out, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.

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