Rare is the film that Arrow puts out that hasn’t been released somewhere else before. Arrow is almost exclusively a label dedicated to re-releasing cult gems from around the world but they have released a few new releases as well. The Ghoul is one such film that is getting it’s premiere on the label. Not only is it a premiere but it’s also the debut film from director Gareth Tunley, so it’s a double gamble for Arrow films. It’s a risky venture releasing a film from an unknown director but then again Arrow is a label that likes to take risks.
It’s difficult to summarize The Ghoul without spoiling the film. So I’m going to “borrow” the summary from Arrow. “From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell s Performance, David Lynch s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan s Following.
Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…”
The last thing i would want to do is to give anything away with this movie. The truth is, the reality of the film could be one of a few things and the movie isn’t spilling the beans. I believe the movie is fairly open to interpretation and I have my own theory about the movie that I won’t bore (or spoil) you about. If the description above sounds interesting then i’ll say the film delivers on the head scratching, though nothing as difficult as a Lynch film as the summary suggests. The acting is rock solid with lead actor Tom Meeten giving a multi-layered and difficult performance. His performance is what the film hinges on and thankfully he delivers the goods. He has to play completely different characters believably and does so very well. The film is filled with striking photography providing a confusing vibe of London which mirrors the confusion by our hero. The film is well edited using choice abstract visuals and a kaleidoscopic view of the fractured world that our hero lives in. In short, I liked The Ghoul. It’s an example of what a limited budget, talented actors, and a great script can produce. There’s no gore, no crazy special effects, just a good script delivered well. If you enjoy creepy flicks that deal with perception in a mind-bendery kind of way, The Ghoul will satisfy.