Ghost stories can be a hard thing to do. Especially if you’re a low budget filmmaker. All the stars have to align perfectly for things to work, and if they don’t, instead of a tense ghost story, you find yourself with a slow moving snore-fest. Well, somewhere in between those lies a new movie from Brain Damage films, Deadly Presence.
The story here is about three friends who have a seance, only something actually happens! When it’s all over, one of the girls is profoundly troubled and, after spending the night with one of the friends, kills herself to stop whatever has possessed her. Now, the girl who spent the night is charged with finding out what happened, before she calls the authorities.
The problem with the story is that it moves so slowly, that I found my mind wandering. The tale of a young girl possessed by a hillside-strangler type killer from beyond, is, in theory, cool, but what we actually get is one girl dead in a bathtub and another either searching the web for information or driving around looking for clues, there’s not even much dialogue in much of the film.
If you’re a hardcore ghost story fan, you might be interested in this, but if you’re looking for tension and frights, you should probably look somewhere else, the acting is solid, but the story feels to me like a short that has been padded out to make a feature.
I’m giving Deadly Presence 1 out of 4 cigars, it’s one of those movies that has an excellent cover and idea, but the follow through just isn’t there. You can find out for yourself by heading over to http://www.braindamagefilms.com.