Horror Favourites – Adam Stovall

A Ghost Waits is a horror movie with heart, taking a concept that’s typically associated with fear and turning it on its head.

The film incorporates elements of horror, comedy, drama and romance and introduces its own cleverly crafted mythology making for a smart and spooky unconventional love story. We liked it so much we gave it 5 out of 5 and now with its screening at this years FrightFest audiences across the UK can witness this masterpiece as well.

Directed by Adam Stovall, A Ghost Waits centres on Jack (MacLeod Andrews) a dispirited and solitary man who cleans houses for a living.

Reluctantly accepting his lot in life, an extraordinary and otherworldly experience awaits him when he discovers that the house he is working in is haunted by a tragic ghost named Muriel (Natalie Walker), an unexpected meeting that takes them both by surprise in a heart-warming fashion.

Adam grew up in Northern Kentucky, where he performed in theatre troupes and co-founded a sketch/standup comedy group. In 2008, he moved to LA where he wrote for outlets such as Creative Screenwriting Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and Indiewire, as well as writing acceptance speeches during award season. He was *this close* to getting Morgan Freeman to advocate anarchy in a speech!

Eventually, he transitioned into film production, working on such projects as SplitMarry Me, and Randy To The Rescue. Then he got extremely lucky and someone gave him enough money to make the movie we’re featuring today. Now he lives in Queens, NY, which he finds amazing food and inspiration around almost every corner. He appreciates you taking the time to read this.

Although having screened at FrightFest Glasgow already the film was so good its back once again with a screening at this years online FrightFest festival on August 30, 2020, 8:45 – 10:45 PM. Book your tickets now right HERE

As we loved his film so much we reached out to Adam and got us to tell us all about his favourite horror film:

“I absolutely adore Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House. This might be cheating, since it’s a series instead of a movie, and truthfully I considered writing about his Doctor Sleep and my love for every single element of its filmmaking (seriously, ask me about its costume design if you have some time to kill). But when I think about my favorite horror stories, I think about the characters, and the world in which they live.

I think about what the fear reflects within the author that they can’t quite bring themselves to talk about. And that is why I’ve become such an immense fan of Mike Flanagan’s work. He understands that the tropes of horror are there to serve the characters, not the other way around. Jump scares are often so cheap, and yet the jump scare in episode nine is the absolute platonic ideal. (You know which one I mean.)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I am a sucker for a good ghost story. Ghosts fascinate me. They are the only monster we hope to see. The threat that lives in these stories is usually tied to our own overwhelming desire to see our loved ones again, as we are willing to let in the bad if it means even a moment with the good.

Flanagan uses those ten episodes to explore grief and loss and all the myriad ways we experience them, both functional and dysfunctional, leading with his heart the whole way. Aesthetically, I love the look and sound of all of his films. But this one, this is the transcendent one. This is the one that pulls me out of me. That punches me in the heart and reminds me of the world of possibilities that sit out there on the horizon. That reminds me that there’s nowhere you can go and not see forgiveness on that horizon. That our loves and our hates and our peace and our anger are all connected, so much more than we often like to admit, sometimes more than we like to believe. “I’m like a small creature, swallowed whole by a giant monster. And the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.”

Screening at FrightFest 2020 on August 30, 2020, 8:45 – 10:45 PM you can book your tickets online via the link below – https://frightfest2020.eventive.org/films/5f1c16323e814b00292d18d3
Also you can read the full review of A Ghost Waits HERE

 

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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