31 Days of Horror - I Am a Ghost (2012)

Emily (Anna Ishida) is a ghost who has been dead for a very long time. Unable to understand her status as a spirit Emily has breakfast, looks at her few photographs, and repeats her chores everyday in an endless loop. When Sylvia (Jeannie Barroga), a spirit medium hired by the family currently residing in the house who appears to Emily as a disembodied voice, makes contact with Emily they have trouble getting Emily's soul to move on the afterlife. The gray man who murdered her won't let her leave.

This film was crafted by a true new auteur. I hope this H.P. Mendoza continues to write and direct horror films, because I really, really enjoyed this feature. This movie brings a new twist to the old ghost story. The film is a visual and cerebral treat. Mendoza also composed the haunting music of the film -- that when paired with the bleak visuals creates a very distinct moodiness.

The decision to have the film focus solely on Emily creates a loneliness that you feel while watching and it really helps to amp up the melancholy, chilling mood.  It's easy to see how some might grow impatient with its repetitiveness and quiet exposition, but the details are sussed out slowly and make the film's core mystery so enticing. For a movie that moves as slowly as this one I knew the climax was going to have to be exciting for the redundant exposition to pay off, and I was not incorrect.

I really don't see any other way it could have gone, and its intense climax was effective enough to heighten the film to a level of insanity usually jampacked into a lesser horror movie which tends to create diminishing returns. I don't want to spoil much about this film, because it's such a fun journey. Check it out if you get a chance.

8/10 stars.