Adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker Award Finalist Michael Laimo, Chiller’s latest original production Dead Souls tells a harrowing tale of family secrets and ancient evils.A quick review from Sci Fi Mafia:
On his 18th birthday, Johnny Petrie learns he was adopted when he inherits a farm in Maine, abandoned for the 18 years since his natural family died at the hands of his father, the local preacher. Eager for a new life, he leaves home to start over in his new dwelling. However, as he digs into his past, he soon uncovers the horrifying details of his father’s questionable teachings. In a frightening revelation, he also learns that his return has revived decades-old forces trapped in the home and sets in motion a heart-stopping finale to a ritual that already claimed the lives of his family.
Dead Souls stars Jesse James (The Amityville Horror, The Flyboys) as Johnny, Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil's Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses), Magda Apanowicz (The Butterfly Effect), Noah Fleiss (Brick), Jaiden Kaine (Hellbenders) and Geraldine Hughes (Rocky Balboa, Gran Torino).
What a great movie! A good old Goldilocks scarefest that’s just right. Not too over-the-top, not too silly, but also not too involved, not too dark, with just enough blood and eye-popping action right from the start to last you until you’re almost too hungry but then tosses you some more. It moves along nicely, with a good balance of creepiness and suspense, classic characters, and a somewhat unusual “reason” for all the horror.
The cast is also just right. Jesse not-the-one-in-the-scandal-sheets James is a likeable lead, and it was great to see Magda Apanowicz again, after her work on Kyle XY and Caprica. Geraldine Hughes really rules as the rather disturbing mom.
And a couple of clips. A featurette that has short interviews with the cast:
And the trailer: