30 July 2019 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
Solid if still slightly flawed addition to the franchise
After finding a lonely young girl, a nurse at a local hospital tries to help her regain enough senses to tell what happened to her, eventually leading to a connection with a local urban legend her brother accidentally uncovered and brings her colleagues face-to-face with a murderous ghost.
Overall, there was quite a lot to like with this entry. One of the strongest factors here is the way this one utilizes the traditional elements of the series into creating a very familiar atmosphere. The film explores a rather intriguing investigation angle that was central to the original entries in the series where the authorities are looking after the young girl who wandered into their lives. Realizing the connection between her and the mother who died and then trying to understand what's going on by interviewing the girl has some great moments to it by setting off the nurse's interest in the situation. The connection deepens when the brother gets involved and turns up missing with the fateful video of the scene which is analyzed and proven to contain enough about it to make the authorities look at it even further which is a stellar factor of the film. On top of that, the film's ghost scenes are quite creepy and generally effective. The opening scene in the apartment of the ghost interrupting a woman's attempt to kill her daughter gives this a strong and shocking start, while the scenes at the doctor's office investigating the girl provides some enjoyable moments here. This carries into the terrifying encounters at the hospital of the ghost coming to life and targeting the nurses' patient in the corridors of the building which are just chilling and incredibly creepy but also serves a fine purpose of getting the traditional franchise elements into the film. Alongside a strong finale that features plenty of creepy action on the island and keeps this one connected with the series incredibly nicely, these here are what manages to hold the film up for the most part. There are still some problems with the film. The biggest issue to be had here is the fact that the introduction of the girl and how the investigation is going to be handled just comes off as sloppy and mishandled. Knowing from the start that the fire was the cause of the mother's death and the rest of the hospital staff finding her is decent enough, but to get the brother involved here through his investigation of the area as a project for his video channel is extremely lazy. The fact that one disappointing video that still manages a respectable number of views is suddenly cause enough for him to want to abandon the content he's providing and turn automatically to ghost-hunting on that kind of a whim has no connection based on what happens. As well as some confusing instances of cheap CGI that undoes a couple of the jump-scenes, these are all that really hold this one back.
Rated Unrated/R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.