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The Ghost Lights

USA 2022
produced by
Timothy Stevens (executive), John Francis McCullagh (executive) for Spectrograph Films
directed by Timothy Stevens
starring Billy Blair, Katreeva Phillips, John Francis McCullagh, Timothy Stevens, Ryan Bijan (voice), Madison Calhoun (voice), Mike "Dr. Fun" Kasper, Brandon Yates
written by Timothy Stevens, music by Brandon Maahs, digital effects by Todd Blankenship

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Somehow, Alex (Katreeva Phillips) has the feeling to having been a lifelong disappointment for her freshly deceased father Arthur (John Francis McCullagh), and that she has arrived two days late for his funeral only seems to confirm this. When she goes through the meagre possessions he has left behind though, Alex finds a tape from more than 40 years ago (as in, before she was even born) where her father interviewed Mario (Billy Blair), a Mexican making some wild claims about "ghost lights" that make people disappear - but the way Mario makes his claim is anything but wild. So in part to get a good story as she's a journalist, and in part to finally find some peace in terms of her relationship with her dad, she recreates his trip to a godforsaken Texan town, to make sense of Mario's claims. It sounds like a sweet thing to do, but when Alex notices a man in black (Timothy Stevens) looking exactly like the gouvernment agents Mario describes in his stories is after her, Alex starts to notice there's more to this than just another unproven story about UFO sightings. And that she repeatedly has visions of his father from back when trying to warn her isn't exactly a calming factor either. But at least she knows she's on the right path - to who-knows-what outcome ...

 

A rather unique piece of chiller cinema as it takes what has pretty become genre standard over the years and puts it into a very intimate context, gives its story a very personal spin. And that the direction does not give into spectacle usually associated with this kind of movie but remains subtle while adding a feel of unease only helps for the story to fully develop, while the small ensemble succeed in bringing things to life, making this a delightfully unusual genre piece.

 

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