Way back deep in the heart of Texas in 1971, Eugene Burns was a celebrated Blues guitarist linked to a series of murders. No evidence was found but he harboured a dark secret which was he had sold his soul to the devil and engrained that very soul onto to a record called Ghost Note. After a gig Burns was abducted by an unknown assailant, tortured and then ‘exorcised’. We cut to the modern day and meet our main character Mallory, a stroppy teenager who practices Wiccan.
At a Thanksgiving family get together, her younger cousins convince her to do a seance which she agrees to. Of course being this is a horror film, you shouldn’t meddle with such things and Eugene’s spirit gets raised from the dead. It turns out Mallory’s Grandfather was a sort of exorcist and had rid the world of Eugene’s evil. Unfortunately Eugene’s possessions were indestructible, so they were hid away in the family attic. One of these items was a guitar and a younger cousin has touched it, so she begins to act strangely.
Mallory’s Grandmother’s neighbour is a young lad by the name of Rodney, he and Mallory were childhood friends and soon they get reacquainted. Rodney is a bit of a music expert and tells Mallory the story of Eugene. She’s not convinced but she starts to get weird visions and her Grandmother finally tells her the truth about what her Grandfather got up to.
Ghost Note is not your typical modern day horror ‘for the younger audience’ although it’s main leads are of the age group the film is aimed at. It’s actually got a decent plot although a little derivative of the whole ‘play the records backwards vibe, to hear the evil lyrics’ done so well in 1987’s Trick or Treat. There’s a few nice bloody deaths and the Eugene Burns character is a creepy looking dude. The movie is well made and certainly one of the better independent horrors released recently.
All in all some nice atmosphere, a good story and a few surprises along the way maketh a good little film.
- Starring Alicia Underwood Justin Duncan Kenny Gardner Todd Jenkins
- Director Troy Hart