American Poltergeist: The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet Takes Hatchet, Bats Homerun
American Poltergeist: The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet Film Details
Director: Eddie Lengyel
Writer: Eddie Lengyel
Release Date: Winter 2019
Release Format: DVD
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes
Social Networking: Facebook Page
Alice and her best friend Lauren inadvertently set a hellish curse in motion after surprisingly acquiring a mysterious shrunken head. Wanting to know more about their fiendish find, they pay a visit to a popular paranormal podcast host Hunter Perry of “Beyond the Veil”. Hunter discovers it’s true authenticity of the ages-old object and in hopes of creating a rating boost, he plans a LIVE podcast in which the tale of the shrunken head will be introduced to the masses. Little do they know by playing the game and calling her name they will release the malevolent demonic spirit of Lilith Ratchet.
American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet is a 2018 paranormal-horror film which follows a group of friends who find the shrunken head of Lilith Ratchet. The head, when used during a “hot potato” type game and paired with a specific saying, unleashes a curse, killing all those involved.
Although the concept sounds fairly tame, I assure you that the film is able to do it justice.
For a film with only $15,000 dollars to work with, The Curse of Lilith Ratchet displays an expert level of cinematography and sound editing thanks to clean shots, great lighting and the accessibility to a variety of beautiful indoor locations and the sounds/music to go along with the various scenes and their moods.
Performances displayed early on in the film seem lacking or lazy in a way. This impression doesn’t last very long. Once you get through the first twenty minutes, the acting improves dramatically (no pun intended) and progressively gets better with each passing scene. An abundance of this credit has to go to Rob Jaeger and Katelynn E. Newberry and the pairs ability to display great on-screen chemistry both with each other and anyone else they may be working with.
Unlike 2018’s Halloween reboot/sequel, The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet takes the concept of a podcast and puts it to proper use. Using a very popular, locally run paranormal show, those responsible for acquiring the shrunken head seek out the host in order to find answers. Lengyel treats the host like an intelligent human being who knows his craft and does his research into things he doesn’t have knowledge in.
This is a realistic aspect that I truly appreciate seeing in a film which in Halloween, some random podcasters had access to Michael Myers which I highly doubt would be allowed by any sane organization allowing any outside source to go near a mentally disturbed and mute individual for the means of an audio interview.
My singular gripe about this specific part of the film is that Hunter, the podcast host is shown to live in a great place but when his mother comes by, she essentially states that she’s been sending him money to survive yet he’s an incredibly well-known podcaster. If his popularity is as broad as its portrayed, Hunter should be rolling in the advertising deals for both local outlets and online stores.
To turn back around into the positives, another big plus we get is the proper use of practical and special effects. In most scenarios, lower budget films overcompensate with the use of computer-generated effects. This typically leaves viewers to be thrown out of the moment, begin laughing profusely at the screen or shutting the film off altogether. Luckily, we are shown few CGI infused scenes, so little that most are likely to miss it on their first viewings. When it comes to the practical, all I have to say is that the look of Lilith Ratchet is fantastic!
Lilith Ratchet resembles a female version of Nosferatu or Mr. Barlow (Salem’s Lot) with a twist. In place of claws or pointed fingers, she has long black well-manicured nails, a Victorian-era dress and a vicious stare that will pierce your soul. Lilith definitely stands above most, if not, all other low budget horror film antagonists and it’s all thanks to Crissy Kolarik and her fantastic performance.
The use of a child’s game such as “hot potato” to bring out the killer spirit of Lilith came as an off choice to me but it was really a genius move. To mesh something incredibly recognizable in with a simple rhyme aids in keeping the thought of the film easily stuck in the back of your mind only to come back into regular thought when seeing a game of “ hot potato” taking place at your next family reunion or something of the like.
The game automatically sets up a kill list for who is going to die and in what order they will go in. I’m a fan of random encounters with death in horror films but this was a fun little change of events that I found helped bring more focus to each individual character prior to them meeting their maker.
American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet wouldn’t be a particularly scary film per say for veterans of the genre but The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet is something they should be able to enjoy thanks to the story or for the simple sight of Lilith Ratchet taking her hatchet and killing some young adults who couldn’t keep their noses out of the business of the dead.
As an additional little tidbit of information, this is also a pretty decent film for younger audiences as there is no nudity and the language is fairly tame in comparison to some other killer flicks.