Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

Thirty-one days of Horror.

For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day! The first being INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND.

Tinged with real life controversy, filled with brutal violence and getting seriously mixed reviews Pascal Laugier’s Incident in a Ghostland is one of 2018’s most polarising horror films.

The tale of a family attacked by a a pair of home invaders, Ghostland’s plot isn’t something I want to spoil. The family reunites 16 years after the orignal attack, with one daughter becoming a famous author. Beth Keller returns to their home after receiving a mysterious call from her sister and things unravel from there. I’ll stop there, since when the story gets going, it doesn’t let up. Similar to Laugier’s own Martyrs in its two young female protagonists, Ghostland is a fast-paced tightly wound chiller.

With horror being such a hot commodity, you’d expect to have seen Ghostland get a wide cinema release, so I’m not sure why it got its biggest release as an Arrow blu ray. Whilst I’m loving the comprehensive Arrow edition, packed with extras and a great feature length documentary I’m a little disappointed at the lack of a big release. Films like Hereditary have created a huge buzz so it’s not far fetched to suggest Ghostland could be a hit.

I’m a big fan of the new French extremity movement of the 00’s and Ghostland feels like a missing entry from that era. Pascal Laugier’s direction frames the horror perfectly, scored by Georges Boukoff, Anthony D’amario & Ed Rig. The music really does feel like an extra character and fully envelopes the audience.

Ghostland also calls to mind the work of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. Dream logic abounds and the bending of reality keeps the audience guessing. The score as I mentioned earlier comes alive and does remind me of Twin Peaks The Return and Mulholland Drive in a lot of ways. The brutal violence, particularly against young women could be uncomfortable for some, however if you’ve seen Martyrs or basically any slasher film, you will be fine.

In an era where scare free shockers like The Nun and Slender Man are basically horror blockbusters, Incident in A Ghostland should have been huge.

For Fans Of:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Last House on the Left

Haute Tension

Martyrs

Mulholland Drive

You can pick up the amazing Arrow Video edition of Incident In A Ghostland from Amazon and help support the site!

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