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Cast: Elise Couture Stone, Michael Reed
Director: Rasmussen Brothers
THE INHABITANTS revolves around a young couple that gets more than they bargained for when they renovate a neglected bed and breakfast in New England. After a series of disturbing events, the husband begins to suspect that something evil is lurking within the walls of this old house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife. Now he must fight to uncover the inn's dark secret before this malicious spirit consumes everything he loves.
"The Inhabitants" tells the story of Dan and Jessica, a young couple that decides to buy an old bed and breakfast in New England. It has always been a dream of Jessica's to own and operate a bed and breakfast and the two of them waste no time and deciding to buy it. The couple knows that the house is 350 years old and was in operation as a bed and breakfast for 40 years. So they know the place is going to need some work before they can reopen it but what they don't know is the old house holds many secrets and no one seems to be willing to disclose them. When Dan has to go out of state on a business trip Jessica becomes the first to witness some of the house's secrets and by the time Dan returns Jessica is not the same person but why?
Written by Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen and directed by the Rasmussen Brothers as well. They also wrote "John Carpenter's The Ward." "The Inhabitants" is a much different kind of horror film. I am not going to go into plot details here so not to ruin all the surprises the film has waiting for you but I will say that this is a welcome return to the good old fashion ghost story that was made on a regular basis in the 70's.
A slow burn for sure, the film takes its good old time telling the story and for good reason. It already has you hooked and spooked from its open sequence. And it isn't until later in the film before the secrets are revealed. This will keep you glued to the screen in anticipation waiting and wanting to know more. And in between there are plenty of very creepy moments.
"The Inhabitants is a frightening ghost story for several reasons including its gritty cinematography, the old house and its creaking doors, eerie music and the perfect use of lighting. And lets not forget the home's ghostly shadows, if they don't send chills up and down your spine then you are not human.
This was a passion project for the Rasmussen Brothers and their cast and crew and you can really feel the energy that went into making this a good film but to me they went beyond good here, "The Inhabitants" is a well written, clever, and frightening ghost story. Sure they didn't break new ground here but that wasn't what they were going for. Instead they wanted to make a film that resembled those classics from yesteryear and as far as that goes they nailed it.
I loved the film's look, sound and the direction that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I also loved the acting, everyone in the film did a great job but I must mention the film's two leads, Elise Couture and Michael Reed. Both were amazing as Jessica and Dan.
The film is playing now on iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox LIVE, Sony Playstation, various cable providers, and more. So be sure to check it out. You can also keep up with any new updates by visiting the film's Facebook page HERE.
"The Inhabitants" will quickly have you under its power, it will be in your head and under your skin before you even know it and it will stay there long after it is over. This is the Rasmussen Brothers' best and most mature film to date and I look forward to seeing what these talented film makers have coming next.
Released by Gravitas Ventures
**** Out Of *****