‘A Ghost Waits’ is a new take on an old idea. Muriel is fairly successfully haunting a house: all the renters break their lease and run away, in a set of shots of household pandemonium under the titles. (The last one even leaves a bookcase full of books!)
Then Jack shows up to prep the house for the next renters and he isn’t scared off so easily. In fact, for a long time’ we don’t hear anything other than background music Jack is playing or see anything besides Jack talking to himself.
Eventually’ more ghostly things start happening. It still seems like a feature-length skit, but this is a movie of slow reveals. We find out that there is more to the haunting than just a ghost who cannot rest and it is not revealing anything the advertising doesn’t when I say that it is more a rom-com than a horror film.
Filmed in black and white, with the ghost lit from under her chin, ‘A Ghost Waits’ was definitely influenced by classic ghost stories such as ‘Topper’ and ‘The Ghost And Mrs. Muir’.
Nevertheless, it blazes its own trail. It surpasses expectations, and while it is ultimately more promising than accomplished, its use of an interesting concept makes it worth seeing.
Opened 11/20/20, Blu ray release in May and available on Arrow.
Rating: low +2 (-4 to +4).
Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper