arlier this month a new series crept onto Netflix with a promising title set to attract fans of horror and the supernatural. A remote Alaskan community has been overrun by paranormal forces and the town’s outcast, Roman is now needed to save the town.
Does the show live up to the title? Are things more sci-fi than horror? Here’s my review of what Ghost Wars has to offer.
The show starts off slow. The first episode sets the backstory but drags it out to be longer than necessary. The main character lacked the charisma needed to carry my attention until the action started. I was all set to turn off on episode one, but then a bus drove off a cliff, and things started to get interesting.
The series echoes scenes from some major horror players, with creepy kids being a mainstay. From The Exorcist to Stranger Things, this show seems to borrow concepts from a whole range of prior successes. But Ghost Wars does not fully develop these themes; instead choosing to present them as just one of many incidents.
The paranormal happenings in this sleepy town result in hallucinations and people killing themselves, or others, as a result. The idea of changing perceptions is interesting, as the viewer is always left questioning what is real and what is imagined. However, once again, things are not fully developed.
The cast boasts Meat Loaf and seasoned actor Vincent D'Onofrio, which I think is a testament to what this show could have been. The script is clever in parts and interspersed throughout the series are truly creepy moments. However, the acting is inconsistent, and the role of the apparent protagonist Roman is uninspiring.
Science fiction is not my genre of choice, and this series has a definite sci-fi undercurrent. From the perspective of a horror fan, the storyline was too complex, and there are a number of questions that remain unanswered. However, Ghost Wars kept me guessing, and there were several moments throughout which surprised me and made me jump.
I pushed myself to keep watching, to await the next eerie moment or creepy ghost child, but I doubt I’ll be watching any future continuation of the show. It was an ambitious story to tell, and for me, something got lost in production.