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Stewart Smith

Ghost

This movie is kind of a horror film, but that’s not how I’d define it. It’s more of a touching story of a man in limbo who is trying to protect his former girlfriend from a murderer. Ghost stars Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat, a man who was mugged and killed. A regular, random mugging. Or was it?

Again, this isn’t as much of a horror film as it is a drama-romance. There’s even a little comedy thrown in from Whoopi Goldberg, as a fraud spiritualist who can hear Sam. In fact, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Bruce Joel Rubin, the screenwriter, won Best Screenplay as well, and take it from me, he deserved it.

Now, this isn’t without its horror aspects. There is a fair bit of blood at certain points with corpses, and several quite gruesome deaths. I hope that you aren’t too squeamish about that. Not much pops out at you, though. And if you’re a really little kid, parts of this with shadowy demons could give you horrific nightmares. But it’s really a good film, and I hope these things don’t turn you off of it.

The good thing about films like this and The Sixth Sense is that they are, in a sense, disturbing at points, but they are more for a good, touching story than for a scary, slasher movie.

Age Recommendation: 13+, as it’s few bloody scenes are, indeed, quite bloody.

Final Verdict: This movie had a touching, intriguing story, but lacked subtlety in it’s violence. Still, 8/10.


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  • Kathleen Smith August 23, 2010, 7:45 am

    I remember seeing this film some years ago now and did enjoy it Stewart but can see that it won’t be suitable for all young ones. A good write up from you though! Keep it up.

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