A GHOST WAITS (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper)
From Mark Leeper@firstname.lastname@example.org to rec.arts.movies.current-films on Mon Feb 22 09:41:33 2021
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A GHOST WAITS is a new take on an old idea. Muriel is fairly
successfully haunting a house: all the renters break their lease
and run away, in a set of shots of household pandemonium under the
titles. (The last one even leaves a bookcase full of books!)
Then Jack shows up to prep the house for the next renters and he
isn't scared off so easily. In fact, for a long time we don't hear
anything other than background music Jack is playing or see
anything besides Jack talking to himself. Eventually more ghostly
things start happening. It still seems like a feature-length skit,
but this is a movie of slow reveals. We find out that there is
more to the haunting than just a ghost who cannot rest, and it is
not revealing anything the advertising doesn't when I say that it
is more a rom-com than a horror film.
Filmed in black and white, with the ghost lit from under her chin,
A GHOST WAITS was definitely influenced by classic ghost stories
such as TOPPER and THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR. Nevertheless, it
blazes its own trail. It surpasses expectations, and while it is
ultimately more promising than accomplished, its use of an
interesting concept makes it worth seeing.
Opened 11/20/20, Bluray release in May; available on Arrow.
Rating: low +2 (-4 to +4)