Ghoul (2015) Movie Review

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Ghoul (2015)

2015 | R | Horror, Thriller
86 minutes / 1h 26min

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Ghoul Plot Synopsis:

GHOUL is a supernatural horror film involving the real life story of the Soviet Union's most violent serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo. Three Americans travel to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the cannibalism epidemic that swept through the country during the famine of 1932. After being lured deep into the Ukraine forest for an interview with one of the last known survivors, they quickly find themselves trapped in a supernatural hunting ground.

Ghoul (2015) Review

Ghoul (2015) is a Czech 3D thriller horror found footage movie that did not work in many ways. Director, producer, actor and co-writer Petr Jakl (AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), EuroTrip (2004), Bad Company (2002)) did a poor job executing his second movie. The movie did not make much sense and appeared as though it was not thought out clearly. There is nothing new about this film, so therefore it is a cliche that cannot stand out from the rest. It has similar if not the same plot lines as other movies where people from one continent decide to go to another to explore an ancient legend, artifact or investigate.

Ghoul is about an American film crew consisting of three individuals venturing out to Ukraine to investigate stories of cannibalism. The crew did not only investigate but accidently summon up the spirit of a notorious cannibal and serial killer known as Andrei Chikatilo. The American film crew confirmed the cannibalism stories during the 1930s and soon met a local witch. The witch told them about supernatural forces that handled the troubles during the 1930s. They were lured into going to a deserted farmhouse. The crew fell short and did not use their brains much when they decided to summon the spirit of Andrei Chikatilo, who did his cannibalistic acts and killings during the late 1970s and 1980s. They used an old Russian Ouija Board carved into a table and an upside-down drinking glass. The famous scary serial killer who killed and sexually assaulted more than 50 females and children. He is on the loose again, and it is thanks to the Americans. Chikatilo’s ghost told them that they cannot leave the farmhouse even if they try because they cannot escape. He then told them that he wants them to eat each other - one of the girls is pregnant, and you can guess how the movie plays out.

I am not sure if this film was about serial killers, ghouls, cannibalism, or Demonic possession. Well, it was about all of those things but it did not stay focused on one of them for too long which made the story chaotic. I gave the movie a two because the location was beautiful, the scenery was great, and it was a bit creepy in the beginning. Chikatilo was not needed in the story and served no purpose. The movie did have a nice vibe to it although it is the same old storyline I have seen many times; I felt a little hope, but that was cut short after the first ten minutes. The actors consist of two guys and a girl that did not help the movie with their acting skills. The found footage was a little too shaky for me. I am not sure what else to say about this film except to warn all horror and non-horror fans to stay clear of this movie. It was a total waste of my time, and it is not even worth watching on a rainy day, stare at the rain instead.

  • Ghoul Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 2.91
  • IMDB: 4.5
  • MetaCritic: 3.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.5

About Ghoul 2015

Title: Ghoul
Year: 2015
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Reviewer: Score: 1 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 1.46/5 stars from 1,357 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,357 MPAA Rating: R
Ghoul Cast Starring: Jeremy Isabella, Jennifer Armour, Paul S. Tracey, Alina Golovlyova, Kevin Clarke, Dmytro Bazayev, Inna Belikova, Anatoliy Groshovoj, Vlamidir Nevedrov, Yuriy Zabrodskyj
Ghoul Writers: Petr Bok, Petr Jákl
Ghoul Director: Petr Jákl, Petr Jákl
Production: Vega Baby Releasing
Language: English
Country: Czech Republic, Ukraine