Echoes of Fear (2018)
Directors: Brian Avenet-Bradley and Laurence Avenet-Bradley
Performers: Trista Robinson, Hannah Race, Paul Chirico, and Marshal Hilton .
When Alisa (Trista Robinson) gets word that her beloved grandfather passed away, she has to drop everything to travel to his house and sort through his belongings so she can sell the place. It’s a bit surprising to learn the house is a mess and he was a minor hoarder, and she quickly realizes she’s tackled a bigger task than expected. Packed with haunting visuals and a killer score, Echoes of Fear is a surprisingly creepy film. If you like ghostly mysteries, this is a solid choice.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
I went into this movie blind, and I suggest you do the same. It’s a pretty solid film that, though there are a few problems with line delivery in places, holds up as a solid ghost story. I suggest you do the same to get the most out of this film, since knowing the twist kind of ruins it. Hauntings are in vogue now, and we’ve seen them range from Hereditary (2018) to The Haunting of Hill House (2018). But, this one has more in common with The Pact (2012) than those. Alisa’s attempt to solve the mystery of the haunting slowly reveals the killer – her own grandfather and his cousin – and only defeating them can put their victim’s spirit at rest. Straightforward, I know, but it has some unique charm. The cinematography is sophisticated and used so well here that it feels like a big budget film. The editing and score are also impressive. It feels like an early Japanese horror film with the close camera work and intimate settings. The film lets the score go silent and lets the camera linger to build tension. It has jump scares, but it still delivers a few solid scares from tension and creep factor alone. It’s won a handful of awards already for good reason.
Echoes of Fear debuts as a limited theatrical release October and November.