I will generally pay whatever I need to in order to see a film in the cinema but when it comes to DVD’s I am becoming a real Bargain-Bin-Betty. I just can’t help myself when it comes to random horror films. Normally I would rely on the recommendations of others but yesterday I stumbled upon Dead Souls.
The cover was pretty. The price was cheap. The DVD was purchased.
PLOT: After turning eighteen Johnny (Jesse James) discovers that he is adopted and that his birth father has left him the old family home. Johnny visits the property and discovers the truth behind the death of his family. END PLOT
As far as straight to DVD plotlines go Dead Souls isn’t too bad up until the final act. I almost choked on my own scorn after the reveal of the mythology – Jesus tapped into the Egyptian God Osiris in order to rise from the dead. The stupidity deserves a few moments to linger but we must press on.
The opening sequence is fairly dark but once we jump forward eighteen years Dead Souls doesn’t gain any momentum. The film almost seems to skip a beat before an ominous shadow appears or the kitchen door starts to creak. There is next no tension and the even the clichéd jumps miss the mark.
Jesse James looks like Robert Pattinson’s kid brother and is just as talented. James has no problem carrying the film but he isn’t capable of rising above a “paint by numbers” film.
Magda Apanowicz is a pretty young actress and I am sure she is a much better than Dead Souls would have me believe.
The young actors tried their best but the characters of Johnny and Emma (Apanowicz) were so poorly written they were always going to be fighting a losing battle.
The old farmhouse set looked appropriately old and creepy but like the rest of the film it felt too familiar – even the sinister violin score had a sense of déjà vu to it.
Dead Souls isn’t a good movie but I would be lying if I said that I was bored or looking at the clock while I was watching it. It passed 90mins. It gets 3.5/10.
I admit that if the DVD had this cover I wouldn't have bought it. There is a life lesson in there somewhere.