Ghost Witch Just Another Paranormal Investigation Film
Ghost Witch Film Details
Original Title: The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie
Director: Joseph Lavender
Writer: Joseph Lavender, Jarrod Musselwhite
Release Date: September 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 97 min
Amateur paranormal investigators “G.H.O.S.T” come to town when one of its members, Zeke meets up with a local girl Mattie, who had a paranormal experience as a young girl in an old house her dad purchased. The land the house sits on is said to be haunted by a native American girl who was supposedly raped, tortured and murdered inside a church that was once built there. It’s up to Mattie’s new found friends to discover the mystery behind the Legend.
Ghost Witch tells an unoriginal horror tale about a group of amateur paranormal investigators that join forces with Zeke and Mattie, two young adult lovebirds, to uncover the story about the legend of Seven Toe Maggie.
As a rip-off of paranormal investigation films like Insidious, The Conjuring in particular Grave Encounters. Joseph Lavender directs and co-wrote Ghost Witch – aka The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie Jarrod Mussel white also co-wrote.
Ghost Witch stars Mandi Christine Kerr as Mattie and Chase Steven Anderson as Zeke and it is already available throughout ComCast, direcTV, Dish, In Demand, Google Play, iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Fandango, Sling and Vudu.
The passion between the two leads for the project is palpable. You can feel they tried their best to become invested and to keep the viewer interested. Kerr portrays beautifully the girl next door who shares an intimate story about her past with Zeke. Zeke is the geek of the story, a little stereotyped but refreshing to watch. I’m glad they kept the film together as they are the only interesting and captivating elements of the Ghost Witch.
I’m open-minded about low budgets and independent films and that’s why I love filmmaking and cinema, to embrace and watch newcomers share their visions and their love for the genre. Sometimes I’m deeply surprised and happy that I had the chance to review great gems that are so underrated or inaccessible by most of the public.
This time around I’m not impressed or interested. Ghost Witch is a mess and I have reasons to say Joesph Lavender needs to replan his vision for the future by reorganizing the pre-production of his films. When I’m watching a film to review I usually look out for great shots and cinematography. That’s what really sparks my eye and keeps me on my toes. As a filmmaker as well I’m a bit exigent in that department. Ghost Witch has problems on cinematography, sound and especially on storytelling.
The shots and editing aren’t coherent as they don’t work well together. Some shots aren’t even respecting the 180 degrees rule. It was like watching a stand-up comedy show and the comedian speaks with his back to the audience. You can’t to that on camera. You just can’t, only if it’s justified as your visual cue. It’s not the case with Ghost Witch.I think there is a lack of organizing and planning the pre-production beforehand and it’s important to think about the shots and storyboard.
Storytelling isn’t only about showing the viewer the story on paper, It’s about creating a certain atmosphere to keep the viewer invested and interested while sharing your vision and story. I’m not saying Lavender hasn’t love for the genre but Ghost Witch looks and sounds amateurish. I’m not impressed and I’m definitely not a fan.
3. In Conclusion:
The horror feels bland, cliché and unoriginal, I wasn’t scared once as Ghost Witch only hints chills in its title. Lavender fails to deliver an engaging story as we aren’t informed of who the Seven Toe Maggie is. There are some mildly entertaining moments near the end when the characters become possessed. Yet, not even that fact keeps the technical problems from distracting you.
Check it out at your own risk.
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