Haunting at the Beacon [Blu-ray]
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(Sep 13, 2011)
While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of
their four-year-old son, Bryn (Teri Polo) and Paul Shaw (David
Rees Snell) move to the charming old Beacon Apartments.
Bryn begins to see a ghostly little boy skulking around the
building. With the help of an eccentric young professor and
a tough old beat cop, Bryn tries to uncover the details of the
boy s death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to
carry a message to her son, but too late she realizes another
malevolent entity stalks the halls of the Beacon: one that
doesn t want the boy to escape.
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At least the final 20 minutes offers something in the way of suspense, even though (without spoiling anything) the actual presentation is about the cheesiest thing I've ever seen. The way the characters deliver their lines and try their hardest to be believably scary... ugh! Horrible.
It wouldn't be fair for me to spoil what happens so I'll say this instead- the character development you see in the beginning doesn't really prepare the viewer for the segment at the end because, to be fair, it's actually a pretty remarkable twist. It's just that it was so FUNNY to me (instead of suspenseful) which goes against what the movie writers had in mind. Oh well.
The storyline aspect of the woman seeing shadow images of a little boy was never a *really* amazing plot point, which is a major disappointment right there. I expected this little boy to be a constant aspect to the storyline but unfortunately he wasn't. In fact it seemed to fall by the wayside as the film rolled along. Instead, a focus on the one womans sleazy (at least, she came off as sleazy from MY point of view) sister saying comically awful lines to try and impress the next door neighbor was a bigger point of the story. Stinks.
Actually the events of the shadow boy quickly become forgotten just as soon as this one hot blonde, 30-year old woman makes an appearance. She plays a crucial part to the fantastic ending (despite, again, how cheesy it is) but at least she saved what would have surely been a forgettable attempt at suspense. Everyone else was just awful.
I recommend avoiding Haunting at the Beacon. The acting is hardly ever any good, the storyline is mediocre at best, and it's just not worth sitting through 90 minutes of average storytelling just to witness an ending that doesn't justify all those wasted minute it took to get to that point. Avoid.
The Beacon seems to be just the place for Paul (David Rees Snell) and Bryn Shaw (Teri Polo) to begin a new chapter in their lives together. Bryn finally seemed to be coming back from a very bad place after losing the couple's four-year-old son a few years earlier, and Paul is starting a new job as a professor. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong as soon as the Shaws move in. Bryn begins hearing people arguing in the next room and keeps encountering a boy who, she later learns, died in the building several months earlier. Of course, with her having been under psychiatric care, no one really believes the things Bryn is reporting. Naturally, given her sense of guilt over her own son's loss, she is going to try and help the ghost boy find the release he has so far been denied - apparently by his dead father. She has no idea that the problem is much larger, more complex, and certainly more dangerous than it first appears.
I found Teri Polo's performance quite interesting, largely because she sometimes reminded me of Jodie Foster. I'm definitely not saying she's half the actress Jodie Foster is, but she does bear a slight resemblance to her and, every once in a while, she seems to adopt some of Foster's mannerisms. My guess is that she has studied some of Foster's performances and is trying - perhaps subconsciously - to imitate Foster's level of performance. There's no doubt that she gives her all to the role, though. As for the supporting cast, you have both Michael Ironside and Ken Howard (who I don't think I've seen since The White Shadow program years and years ago) playing policemen. The gorgeous Marnette Patterson plays Bryn's saucy little sister, Elaine Hendrix shines as a vivacious little vixen, and Kelli Dawn Hancock fills the underdeveloped role of a pill-popping police woman with a mysterious background.
The story hearkens back to ancient legends about suicide victims and the belief that they could come back and take corporeal form if not disposed of properly. This makes for an interesting twist to the traditional ghost story the viewer might be expecting. In retrospect, though, there are a number of rather untidy plot holes strewn throughout the film, several of which are actually magnified by the film's final moments. Still, I enjoyed the film and was poised to give it four stars until I saw the ending play out as it did.