Part horror part war film Ghosts of War is a mash up of so many genres it
feels like writer/director Eric Goss (The Butterfly Effect) is just
throwing so much at his audience in the hope that something will actually
The story sees five battle hardened American soldiers (Brenton Thwaites,
Skylar Astin, Theo Rossi, Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson) being assigned the
task of going to, and holding, a French Chateau that was previously held by
the Nazi High Command.
Before the soldiers arrive at their destination we get a quick introduction
to them by way of a brutal scene where they set about a group of German
soldiers. One of the Nazis who is quickly dispatched just happens to be
Billy Zane. His appearance makes you wonder if his stock has fallen so much
that he has to take a job that amounts to no more than a few minutes screen
time, or is it the case that we’re going to see him later on? No prizes for
guessing correctly I’m afraid.
Once the group reach their target, and their relief quickly flee with ashen
faces and discerning looks, the soldiers soon find out that the chateau is
haunted by the French Family who once lived there and were murdered by the
Nazis for hiding refugee Jews.
What follows in the chateau is pretty standard horror fair as the soldiers
are scared out of their wits by ghostly apparitions and banging pipes.
The first two thirds is certainly the best part of the film and has some
genuinely scary and terrifying moments. If only writer/director Eric Goss
had stuck to the horror storyline it might have made for a more
entertaining film as in the final third things get so bizarre it causes the
story to fall into an unfathomable and incomprehensible hole.