Rent Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

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1h 34min
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Synopsis:
From director Pascal Laugier comes 'Incident in a Ghostland', a terrifying excursion into abject horror filled with creepy antique dolls, murderous maniacs and thrilling jump scares. The subject of a brutal home invasion along with her mother and sister several years ago, horror novelist Beth has found solace in her writing detailing the harrowing ordeal in her latest book, 'Incident in a Ghostland'. But when she receives a call from her sister Vera, apparently in a state of extreme distress, Beth is prompted to return to the isolated family home where the terrifying truth of that awful night soon begins to unravel...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ian Dimerman, Scott Kennedy, Jean-Charles Levy, Nicolas Manuel, Clément Miserez, Brendon Sawatzky, Sami Tesfazghi, Matthieu Warter
Writers:
Pascal Laugier
Aka:
Ghostland
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2018
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Phantom Image: The Making of 'Incident in a Ghostland', a feature-length documentary taking a look behind-the-scenes of the movie
  • A Point of View on Terror, an exclusive, newly-filmed interview on the creation of the film's score with director Pascal Laugier and composers Georges Boukoff, Anthony D'amarion and Ed Rig
  • Interviews with actors Crystal Reed, Emilia Jones and director Pascal Laugier
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2018
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Phantom Image: The Making coincident in a Ghostland-feature-length documentary taking a look behind-the-scenes of the movie
  • A Point of View on Terro r- an exclusive, newly-filmed interview with writer-director Pascal Laugier
  • At the Heart of the Film's Music - featurette on the creation of the film's score with director Pascal Laugier and composers Georges Boukoff, Anthony D'amario and Ed Rig
  • Interviews with actors Crystal Reed, Emilia Jones and director Pascal Laugier
  • Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Incident in a Ghostland

Beautifully shot but brutal - mild spoilers follow. - Incident in a Ghostland review by NP

Spoiler Alert
28/12/2018

Helmed by Pascal Laugier, who directed the distressing ‘Martyrs’, this similar excursion into nightmare is thankfully not quite as deserving of the term ‘torture porn’. But it comes close on occasions.

We first meet two young sisters Beth (Emilia Jones) and Vera (Taylor Hickson, who was accidently scarred during production) as their mother Pauline (Mylène Farmer) is relocating them all to a sinister looking mansion full of dank corridors and creepy dolls. That very night, a gang of murderers breaks in and attacks them.

Years later, Vera (now played by Anastasia Philips) has become a seemingly self-harming tragic wreck when visited by her equally grown-up sibling (now Crystal Reed). Except Vera is seemingly possessed by demons whose physical reality somehow stems from the attack all those years back. Or something like that: answers are not forthcoming, until a pretty monumental and punishing twist about half-way through the film which completely blew me away. Following this upsetting revelation, we get scenes of a relentless, punishing regime of torture and abuse at the hands of two figures (a wheezing, retarded, hair-lipped, perverse bald man and what appears to be a skinny, dubious transvestite). It gets uncomfortable to watch, especially as there’s little substance to it all. It comes across as a literal nightmare – which both girls appear to suffer from – with scenes and set-pieces of violent, constantly returning brutal horror.

It is beautifully shot, whole-heartedly acted and genuinely harrowing in places. Beth has become a horror writer (or so we are lead to believe) and her apparent occupation informs her take on events (there is mention of her book entitled ‘Incident in a Ghost Land’, which it seems she is yet to write). Vera doesn’t have that ‘safety net’ and is physically and mentally destroyed. It is heavy stuff we’re watching, kids!

Horror is a strange genre to enjoy. I love it. But films like those directed by Laugier are different. They cross a line, and I think ‘enjoying’ them is the wrong word. They are powerful and disturbing and undoubtedly very cleverly produced, but truly harrowing - the one cheerful thing about this one is the appearance of a man who introduces himself as Howard, or HP Lovecraft to me and you.

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