Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Haunting at the Beacon (2009)

After the traumatic death of their son, Bryn and Paul move into a new apartment complex in the city to start piecing their lives back together. What they don't know is that the building is home to the spirit of another young boy who was killed there years earlier, as well as his father who will do anything to keep the reason behind his son's death a secret! HAUNTING AT THE BEACON takes slow and deliberate steps in setting itself up as a classic ghost tale in the grand tradition of films like THE INNOCENTS, BURNT OFFERINGS, or THE SENTINEL, but director Michael Stokes destroys everything that he has worked so hard to achieve in the final act, which takes the film way over the top and creates a number of logical inconsistencies that are impossible to ignore. Teri Polo offers an emphatic performance as the troubled lead, who is never quite sure if what she is witnessing is just another sign of her grief or a chance at redemption. The plot, however, is so expectantly bland, predictable, and full of cliches that it becomes average and forgettable. With a bit more subtlety in the end, HAUNTING AT THE BEACON could have at least maintained a sense of dignity without falling into cheap gross-out and scare tactics.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like HAUNTING AT THE BEACON:
STIR OF ECHOES, THE SIXTH SENSE, THE SKELETON KEY, THE SENTINEL, BURNT OFFERINGS, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.

4 comments:

  1. Great review....husband and I both sat through this and said....we should have like this better...what is wrong...is it us? Wait, don't answer that :D

    Cheers!

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  2. i tried to watch this twice, i couldn't get into it... i love... love teri polo. i just saw ghost/creepers in the daylight too much. and this might only be the parts i started to watch...

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  3. I tried to invest myself in this one thinking it would be more of a STIR OF ECHOES ghost story, but the over the top ending ruined it for me.

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