Braamen (2012) – By Brian Morton

Indie ghost stories tend to be less than exciting. Once in a while, though, you get one in your inbox that’s a bit different and original. That’s what I got with Braamen, a movie that’s a ghost story…but with a slight twist.

Braamen is the story of a young woman who’s just moved back to her home town. She’s bought a new house and is settling in, but, on her first night, she’s greeted by the ghost of a young girl. This freaks her out so much that she begins questioning neighbors about the house and what went on there in the past. Her questions lead her to an older neighbor with a secret that he’s been keeping for 40 years and a monster that’s about to make a return!

While it’s a short, there’s a lot packed in here, and it’s all good. The story moves quickly and is pretty original, nothing earthshakingly original, but an original twist on monsters that we’re all familiar with. Kudos to writer/director Ann Tiemann Loggins for taking what could have been another standard horror story and spinning it just enough to make it entertaining without changing horror conventions too much! I’m giving Braamen 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s only about 20 minutes long, but you’ll wish it was longer. Find out more by heading over to