Vivian Miller is in a work release program that takes her to the Cawdor Barn Theatre, a dilapidated place run by a man with a troubled past. After Vivian views an old VHS tape of a murder being recorded, she sets out to unravel the horrific crime.
Found it hard to believe some reviewers gave this little film a 1 or 2 star rating. It's not NEARLY that bad! It's not great tho, either. The actors do a pretty good job with the material they were given. To have a ghost story set in a small town theater during rehearsals for MacBeth is an almost brilliant idea, but this script has a few too many plot holes to receive more than 3 stars from me. I think the writer(s) wanted the movie to parallel the plays' death & insanity story, but more details of why the lead, Vivian, has been charged with murder & is suffering from PTSD would help. It's a little slow in the middle, when more details about the ghosts' past would have helped. There's not a lot of gratuitous blood, gore, or sex. Not many real scares, either. I REALLY didn't like he ending -- there doesn't seem to be any. It's kinda like the director/writer just lost their inspiration and gave up the ghost!! Sorry couldn't help the pun.
It should be classified under mystery as well because it is definitely that. Vivian finds a VHS tape of a murder being committed and she can't sit still til she unravels who-done-it. While some are disappointed there was not more blood and gore, I was delighted there was not. It didn't need that and there were a few jump scare moments anyways. I really liked the sound track in this, the cinematography and I thought the acting was solid.
It was good. I think it would have been better if they had delved a bit deeper into the main characters for more substance. There was an interesting twist toward the end, though. Well worth 4 stars, I think.
Would have made a decent episode of ghost whisperer or medium with a tighter script, shooting and editing. Likeable cast of unknowns held their own with the two famous cast members. Four stars for the actors, setting and premise. 2 stars for the execution and production values.
A Haunting in Cawdor had promise yet fell greatly short of being a great movie. From the beginning the story line suffered many holes and by the end made less sense than expected. The "horror" aspect was mediocre at best yet the actors were better than many free prime movies I have watched. 2 stars is the best I can give it even with the better acting.