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Parents' Guide to

Ghosts of War

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

WWII haunted house story has violence, gore, and swearing.

Movie R 2020 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

The best war movie ever!

R: horror-related images, intense violence/bloody scenes and war moments with some strong language
age 14+

Intense but yet the best!

PG-13: horror-related images, violence and strong language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (1 ):

With its interesting set-up -- a cross between a period war movie and a horror story -- this delivers more bumps in the night that it does genuine scares. This isn't a bad thing in itself, but it is haunted by various weaknesses. For a start, the main characters are a bunch of sub-Inglourious Basterds whose first interaction with their enemy is to fight and kill defenseless Nazi soldiers disarmed by a bomb blast. As a result, they're not a sympathetic bunch and there's little to differentiate them from one another, either.

Once inside the Chateau, its claustrophobic setting and unusual goings on do build suspense and mystery. But we're left to selected readings of various books by Skylar Astin's character, Eugene, to provide hints at what might be going on. This makes for uneven and awkward dialogue throughout, as bigger and bigger hints are dropped that all is not as it seems. It also results in Ghosts of War's twist being delivered with all the subtlety of one of its grisly murders. Solid performances and decent special effects make it watchable, but this isn't a haunted house story to write home about.

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