Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

tisdag 25 september 2018


Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Written by: Pascal Laugier
Stars:  Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips... read more

Country: Canada | France
Style: Drama | Mystery
Runtime: 1h 31min

You might remember a little French film known as Martyrs also directed by Pascal Laugier. Martyrs was also subject to a remake so make sure you don't get the original and remake mixed up. The original Martyrs is possibly one of the most disturbing horror/suspense films of all time. Incident In A Ghostland is a completely different entity entirely from Martyrs. While Martyrs is a soul sucking experience of absolute mind numbing torture, abuse and dread Incident In A Ghostland is the much more behaved sibling of Martyrs. Martyrs is the atom bomb while Incident In A Ghostland is a rocket or missile, has the potential for much destruction but just at a smaller and different scale.

Incident In A Ghostland tells a very offbeat story and goes for more shocks, style and atmosphere over possible logic and in depth explanations in the plot. We get a mother named Pauline played by Mylene Farmer and her two daughters Beth played by Emilia Jones and her sister Vera played by Taylor Hickson who are moving into their eccentric aunts old rustic house. Once they arrive and attempt to get settled in despite the old creepy antique store feel to the place the unspeakable happens. Earlier on the drive there the ladies encountered this creepy ice cream truck whose driver seemed to be taunting the women but drove on. This truck and its inhabitants return and invade the home of the mother and her daughters.

Laugier has made a genuine thriller here with some real chills and competent jump scares. The icing on the cake is the crazy twist which occurs about half way through the film. The violence is brutal in some parts but nothing compared to what Laugier has dished out on screen in the past. There are some nice nods to horrors past such as a cool ode to H.P. Lovecraft and even what looks like a possible but brief Children Of The Corn reference. Lots of general weirdness as well as the two killers are every bit of bizarre as you would expect from Laugiers twisted mind. The killers are simply referred to in one instance by the young girls as a witch and an ogre.

The films biggest downfall is its offbeat nature which sometimes harms it more than helps it. What I did enjoy about it is the cool style, music, visuals and that twist just seals the deal for me, I've never quite seen something like it used in this fashion before and its a real eye opener. Incident In A Ghostland is a unique horror experience draped in some nihilistic torture. I've read some reviews saying it is torture porn on young girls and an excuse to show them in various forms of helplessness to evoke feelings of dread and despair. If people think of any ill doings to women in Incident In A Ghostland then for fucks sakes do not let them watch Martyrs because these same people will be screaming bloody murder.

Incident In A Ghostland is a cool, creative and unique psychological horror experience and if you dig this style of horror injected with some real terror, weirdness and violence it shouldn't disappoint. Martyr fans do not go in expecting Martyrs part 2 because you will be disappointed. Laugier has gone in a totally different creative direction here with Ghostland. The two leads are once again young girls in peril but the circumstances and story line are severely different in execution and style but genuine and noteworthy in its own right.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


Produced by:  Ian Dimerman, Frédéric Fiore... read more
Cinematography by: Danny Nowak
Editing by: Dev Singh
Special Effects by: Alex Ababio, Gord Carpenter... read more
Music by: Todd Bryanton
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorVertical Entertainment


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.