The Ghoul (2016)
Directed by Gareth Tunley
Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern, Paul Kaye, Dan Renton Skinner, Waen Shepherd
This was a tough one, folks. I really wanted to like this. And there is a part of the film that I loved how it starts, moving you down a certain path, only to make you question if what you thought was going on was really correct. I know that sounds strange, but without going into details of the plot and giving anything away, that is as descriptive as I can get. The film is about mental illness , or delusions, or just a person having a hard time dealing with what is, or what he thinks is, happening in his life. And we’re not really sure right along with him. I would almost say that is a part that I like about it, but at the end of the picture when the credits start to roll, you realize that you still have no idea what you just watched or what the hell happened for the last ninety minutes. And for me, that was the real disappointment.
I will say that the cast does a brilliant job playing their roles because it does get a bit muddled when you start to realize it might not be what it seems, especially Tom Meeten, who plays our main character. He really pulls the viewer with him as the lines start to blur, where perception is fuzzy at best. Same goes with Alice Lowe, who is no stranger to…unique roles.
The blu-ray release does come with filmmaker’s commentary, as well as interviews with the cast and crew. It also contains a short film from director Tunley called The Baron, which starred Tom Meeten.
Maybe this is one of those films that you need to be in the right frame of mind or just at the right time. Maybe I’ll revisit it one day and see if it hits me a different way. Until then…you’re on your own on this one.