With shows I used to love like Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters fading from popularity among viewers due to obvious stunts or just the cheese factor, it was a bit refreshing to see a film like The Blackwell Ghost show up on my recommended feed. At first glance, I thought this would be a film along the lines of Grave Encounters or other movies of the genre that try to emulate the feeling of watching a “true” documentary ghost show gone wrong. In fact, I was sure that’s what it was, even after performing some light research before spending 3 dollars on the Amazon rental. I mean, no one is making real documentaries about ghosts! This couldn’t be the ONE true documentary where the shit hits the fan and it’s all caught on film……right?
I won’t go into too much detail on the plot since this documentary (which is what I will continue to call it) only clocks in at a tight 59 minutes. This is a story about an average Joe who just really wants to find proof that ghosts or an afterlife exist. The protagonist meets a man who claims to live in a haunted house in suburbia Pennsylvania. The protagonist and his wife are invited to stay a few days to investigate, and that is our setup. This is a dude, with a normal wife, with normal equipment. There are no gimmicky heat sensors or voice boxes used here folks. This documentary takes ghost hunting back to its roots with a few handheld cameras, night vision effects, and nothing else. Think Paranormal Activity (the good one), but you just never really know if the whole thing is a farce or not.
This is a documentary about a normal dude, with a normal wife, with normal equipment. There are no gimmicky heat sensors or voice boxes used here folks. This documentary takes ghost hunting back to its roots with a few handheld cameras, night vision effects, and nothing else. Think Paranormal Activity (the good one), but you just never really know if the whole thing is a farce or not.
In the beginning, I just thought the main character was a doofus and played it up too normal to be believed. But then, the documentary uses actual examples of “ghosts on film” that have gone viral over the years and sucks the viewer into this world of mystery and, believe it or not, hope, that this other world exists. I’ll post one of the examples used in the documentary that we all probably know as enthusiasts of the paranormal.
Like I said, this documentary only has a runtime of 59 minutes, so I will not get into the details but head straight into my final thoughts. If you are remotely interested in the subject matter of ghost hunting, do yourself a favor and rent this movie today. It has laughs, genuine moments of fear, excellent lore, and the end of it all is truly nail biting without being over the top. This is a VERY believable movie.
The funny part is, I have been having a hard time trying to find out further information that would lead to my knowing whether it is fact or fiction. Honestly, I’m okay with either way and have opted to stop digging. This was a very fun time and even watching it during the day, I was extremely uneasy.
Funny personal note: After the documentary ended, there was a crash in one of the back rooms of our house. Being the tough man that I am, I looked at my wife and told her to look. This movie got to me, and that is why I highly recommend it.
This is not a jump scare movie, nor one with a big budget at all. It is a very simple haunted house documentary that achieves its goal of telling a great story and scaring the pants off of viewers.
Take out your three bucks and put it towards The Blackwell Ghost. You won’t regret it.