The Marsh (2006)
Directed by: Jordan Baker
Claire Halloway (Gabrielle Anwar) is a successful author of children’s books. Her main character in a series of dark tales is a young girl who lives in a big red house in a rural area. A rigorous schedule of book signings and a string of unrelenting nightmares leads Claire’s therapist to recommend a vacation and a change of pace. Claire agrees and begins to make plans for a hiatus. Claire is immediately drawn to a farmhouse that is for rent. Oddly enough, It looks very similar to the house she has illustrated for her fictional children’s books.
Upon moving into the rental, The Rose Marsh Farmhouse, Claire finds no peace and quiet as strange occurrences begin to happen. Objects are moved from where she had left them and she sees a ghostly image of a child running about the place. As incidents increase in intensity she is frightened by the evil spirit of a man who seems to chase and dominate the little girl spirit.
Claire befriends Noah Pitney (Justin Louis), a local historian who offers some insight to the farmhouse and it’s history. As frightful events unfold Claire calls upon a paranormal investigator named Hunt (Forest Whitaker) to help quell the violent outbursts of supernatural activity. Layers of time are peeled back to reveal the dark secrets of the Rose Marsh Farmhouse and marshland that lies beyond it‘s property.
The Marsh is a classic style ghost story comparable to Ghost Story and The Changeling. It provides basic creepy atmosphere and moderate chills and thrills. Most of that is boosted by some good soundtrack and sound effects. Its not all that scary, but the story is interesting enough for those who like ghost stories. I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it and would probably not spend money on the dvd/bluray. However, if its on cable I may give it another spin. It’s horror lite, but you could find worse ways to spend an afternoon.
The Marsh is an old fashion ghost story that’s not too intense.
I give it 2.2 ghost-ies on the angry spirit scale of dead mean-ies and ghastly bullies.