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Not bad, actually. I was somewhat surprised, and at times impressed, by the movie.
The story takes places on a rural farm in Maine where, 17 years earlier, Benjamin Conroy killed his wife, teenage son and daughter (and the family dog), before crucifying himself in the family barn. His dying words, as the sheriff walks in and discovers the crime scene, are, "One more," which we assume is in reference to the baby the teenage son had hidden in the basement when the father's murder spree began.
Cut to present day and 18-year-old John Petrie receives a letter in the mail telling him he's just inherited the Conroy family farm in Maine, and if he can come see the place, the lawyer overseeing the estate can get it sold and have the business done with.
John, however, has no idea what's going on. John Petrie's father is dead, but his mother is alive and well--that is, she's alive.Read more ›
Johnny Petrie (Jesse James) inherits an old farmhouse on his 18th birthday from a family he didn't even know he had. Tired of living under the thumb of his overprotective aunt (Geraldine Hughes), he decides to visit his boyhood home and solve the mystery as to who he really is. Upon arriving, he discovers his father (J.H. Torrance Downes) was a local preacher in the small Maine town. He went crazy one night and murdered his entire family, leaving the restless spirits of his mother (Elizabeth Irene) and siblings (Kyle Donnery and Bridget Megan Clark) trapped in the house for eternity.
"Dead Souls" is an effective little supernatural thriller from Chiller directing regular Colin Theys. He does as well here with the haunted house genre as he did with the zombie genre when he helmed Steve Niles' "Remains." That might not win many over, but I thought the Las Vegas-set living dead tale was an entertaining entry into the world of Saturday Night straight-to-cable B-movies.
Things tend to happen quickly in a 90-minute movie based on a 295-page novel. Yes, character development in the movie feels a bit rushed and it would have been nice to get them a little more fleshed out, but overall I thought director Theys and screenwriter John Doolan did what they could with the time they had allotted.
Just like most low-budget horror films, "Dead Souls" has one big genre actor it relies on to help bring in fans.Read more ›
The haunted house genre is another one of those horror sub genres that I never stop falling for. When I hear ghost stories I’m usually there because these are the only flicks that consistently send shivers up my back. Dead Souls (2012) directed by Colin Theys is a supernatural thriller that takes a stab at mixing biblical beliefs with the occult. While the film may sound as if it reaches into controversial territory it’s not at all offensive. This movie is standard fare with some light chills here and there.
The plot follows Johnny as he learns that his biological father was a preacher that had gone mad, and the result was the death of his family, in which he narrowly escaped due to his older brother taking action after witnessing their mother’s murder. He soon comes under a feeling that he belongs in the house, and after a few occurrences he learns that something wants him.
Although Dead Souls provides some concrete details in the very beginning in regards to the family’s fate. It still begins and runs quite promising with some decent enough chills. Johnny meets a girl living in the house illegally by the name of Emma, and together they experience the strange things in the house.
I found myself pretty fascinated with Johnny’s family and the history surrounding them. While some details are slowly provided, there are several pieces left up to the imagination.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was a waste of my time. I even paid to watch the darn thing. Bad acting combined with a stupid plot pretty much describes this terrible film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria J. Dennison
Decent horror flick. Not as good as the book but still worth the watch.Published 6 months ago by Lisa Warren
Yet another yawner about a haunted house. Nothing new or creative about it. It is a TV movie made for the Chiller Channel. It's a chiller alright...cold as a corpse. Read morePublished 22 months ago by PR GUY
The movie was quite boring for me. Not a bit scary....really bad acting, (Jesse James acting was fine). Just didn't like it.Published on January 14, 2014 by snoops13
There's everything in this flick. My opinion though and my taste but it was worth looking at and paying for.Published on October 11, 2013 by Ben
I didn't mind the fact that it was made for TV. It just wasn't a good movie. The pacing was slow. The story was predictable. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Ronald S. Flowers
The director appeared to use any and all techniques or plot lines from past horror movies he could find. Then slam them all into this stinker of a movie. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Suzanne