“Ghosts Of War” will leave you with PTSD.

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SYNOPSIS: Five battle-hardened American soldiers are assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield. The film is the directorial sophomore film for screenwriter Eric Bress (The Butterfly EffectThe Final Destination).

Incredibly effective jump scares combined with genuinely eerie sound editing make for a solid period haunted house film. The set is quite large and decorated in beautiful jewel-toned colors and fabrics. Some images are as classic as The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland. The visual fx are strong. The score swells at the perfect moments. As for the plot, just when you think you know what’s happening, think again. This cast has superb chemistry. The deeply nuanced performances are downright impressive. The script allows them each to explore what fear looks and feels like inside and out. It tackles something below the surface through a horror genre. There is a sense of inevitability, an inescapable feeling of sadness once you finish the film.  Writer-director Eric Bress has given us a genre-bending film that will leave you talking about it long after the credits. It’s a day later and I’m still, pun unintended, haunted by the ideas.

While there is a slight continuity issue between two scenes; the dialogue ramps up rapidly and the men have sustained mystery injuries- cut to the following scene where they are actually sustained-  the rest of the film very easily makes up for the hiccup. The scares are nonstop. Ghosts of War will not let you look away. You’ll constantly be searching the depths of a room to see if you’re missing anything unsettling or perhaps even covering your eyes. The terror is absolutely relentless. The reality is even more mind-blowing. The trailer does not do the feature justice. Ghosts of War will get under your skin and burrow into your brain.

Vertical Entertainment will release the horror, psychological thriller film GHOSTS OF WAR in Virtual Cinema Screenings, On Demand and Digital on July 17, 2020 after it bows on DirecTV on June 18, 2020.

GHOSTS OF WAR stars the ensemble cast of Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series)Skylar Astin (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” Pitch Perfect series)Theo Rossi (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, The Finest Hour), Billy Zane (Titanic, Dead Calm) and Shaun Toub (“Homeland,” Crash). The film is the directorial sophomore film for screenwriter Eric Bress (The Butterfly EffectThe Final Destination).

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