Ghost Town: Review
Solomon (Owen Conway) is a man who’s down on his luck and as he’s passing through town he decides to try and find some employment. He goes to a saloon where he finds a man called Hagan (Robert Sprayberry) who runs the place and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He’s not sure about Solomon considering the state of him when he walked in, but he decides to give him a chance.
There Solomon meets Hagan’s other employees; Stella (Becky Jo Harris), Kate (Eva Hamilton) and Blondie (Brittany Mae) and he realises that this place doesn’t just sell whiskey and song.
However, after a shootout where Solomon kills three men in the saloon, the women all start reacting differently to him. Stella is overwhelmed with gratitude for saving her life, Kate reacts in quite the opposite way, but shows her gratitude in the only way she can.
Blondie remains mysterious and aloof, but Solomon starts to feel that she may have a hold over him, especially worrying since he’s been having terrifying visions since the day he arrived.
Ghost Town is a supernatural horror set in The Old West which focuses on a bartender with a dark past. Directed, written by and starring Owen Conway, the movie sets out an intriguing story which gradually builds up over time. However, despite all the good character building that the movie does, it feels like director Conway didn’t really know where he wanted it to go.
The production value of Ghost Town is quite impressive as well as it’s character developments, but there are moments where the audience may realise where the money was spent. Unfortunately, this means that whereas the world feels lived in, the special effects which heighten the supernatural aspect are not as effective. This also unfortunately leads to serious moments having a more comical effect.
It’s also all well and good for writer/director to put himself in a movie where three women are drawn to him in different ways after he saves their lives, but Solomon doesn’t feel like a character that audience wants to support. Unfortunately, this means that Ghost Town feels like a character driven story with too many plot threads which are hard for the audience to follow.
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