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Echoes of the Passed

Given the popularity of ghost hunting, there's probably at least ten groups out there setting up their microphones and EMF detectors right now, and they may be closer than you think. In Echoes of the Passed, that group is in a run-down, reputedly haunted house somewhere in England, and they have mixed feelings about the plan to stay overnight and see what they can uncover. Frank (Tony Sands), for instance, is more nervous than he'd like to admit. On the other hand, Fred (Mac McFadden) seems more concerned with dinner.

But it's Liz (Sophie Tergeist) who's most enthused about being there. She's the assistant to the professor who arranged this excursion, Ian Naughton (Paul Dewdney), and she knows they wouldn't be there if he didn't expect to find some solid evidence, if you can even use the word solid in reference to ghosts. Everyone else seems to believe her name is Jo, but she insists that it's Liz, and she doesn't seem to think much of Fred or Frank.

She tells the group the story of the house, which had an ordinary history until about forty years ago, when two children disappeared mysteriously. Since then there have been unexplained sounds of crying that have apparently discouraged anyone from living in the house, since much of the place seems on the verge of falling apart from disrepair. But the professor has his own reasons for being there, and the true horror of the house is something very different from what you might expect.

Despite the ghost-hunting premise, it's psychological horror that takes center stage, and it's good psychological horror, four out of five stars' worth. Though only twenty minutes long, the film still manages to create four realistic characters that drive the tension of the film admirably. By the end the professor has stolen the show, but all the acting is solid and the dialogue believable. The reveal is quietly chilling and the house's true story is as much sad as it is frightening. You can be haunted by more things than just ghosts.

Liz (or maybe Jo) eyes the old house warily.


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