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Inner Ghosts

Just in time for the new decade comes a new way to haunt! Inner Ghosts has arrived.

"a damn unique tale concerning the supernatural world of spirits and mediums"

Writer/director Paulo Leite really wants to do something different with the horror genre.  Some of you will be all for it. Others, thanks to Inner Ghosts’ dimly lit shoot and its take on 3D printing, will have long checked out before its engaging ending has a chance to tackle your brain cells.  With his first film, Leite takes what we love about ghosts and applies some Nigel Kneale-like atmosphere and creates a damn unique tale concerning the supernatural world of spirits and mediums.  

Filmed in Lisbon, Inner Ghosts tells the story of a medium who, after the suicide of her daughter, devotes all of her time to the brain and where we store the self.  That’s right, she’s on the brink of discovering just where our souls are housed in our brains. If that quest for fire wasn’t ambitious enough, just know that she’s out to beat Alzheimer's disease.  But, in order to do this, she’s got to marry her two passions: science and her work as a medium.

Because, if ghosts can remember who they once were, then perhaps there is more to how the self is created and stored.  And so, along with an assistant, Helen starts to interview the dead at a safe spot that is free of electromagnetic interference. With their guidance, she develops a way to communicate with them, but what they reveal to her - and a demonic entity that is trying to claw its way from Hell into the real world - offers ALL OF US an unsettling look at the very nature of existence.  

Taking the supernatural reins from InsidiousLin Shaye, Inner Ghosts stars Celia Williams (Above Suspicion) as the ghosts main point of contact.  Her portrayal of Helen is both tragic and real.  Needing her help from a demon’s taunts is Elizabeth Bochmann (The Hunchback) who plays a graphic artist who flirts with the other side through her drawings.  Also starring Iris Cayatte (Obsessive Rhythms) as Helen’s assistant, Norman MacCallum (Belmonte), and Amanda Booth, Inner Ghosts is a low budget thriller that aims to do something dreadfully different with its portrayal of the other side.Inner Ghosts

Thanks to an expressive shoot and a solid sound design (key for horror films), the movie is both atmospheric and surprisingly haunted as it takes its views on ghosts and, rather surprisingly, injects a bit of modern technology into their blithe spirits.  While it may overuse the strobe effect in the film’s final countdown, Inner Ghosts earns major points for daring to do something different with matters of spiritual life and death. Plus, it has an awesome demon design which shows off some great creature effects as all this flirting and chasing of the other side reveals its deadly consequences.

Inner Ghosts will be available on DVD and Digital on January 7, 2020 thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment.

3/5 stars

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Inner Ghosts

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
90 mins
: Paulo Leite
Paulo Leite
Celia Williams, Elizabeth Bochmann, Iris Cayatte
: Horror
What's Inside Can Kill You.
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on DVD and Digital January 2020
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Synopsis: If ghosts can think and remember who they are, then the physical brain is not the only place where we store our inner selves. Helen is asked to train two young women into the art of communicating with the dead. But Helen's days as a medium are long gone. In fact, she gave up that life 15 years ago when she lost her daughter. Today Helen is a different woman dedicated to her career in brain research. Things start to change when a visit from the other side offers her the design of a device that can do amazing things. But to everything there is a risk.

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