News: ‘I Am A Ghost’ Delivers Stylistic Supernatural Scares
by Marc Patterson
We’d be remiss to pass on the opportunity to share this film project with you all. I Am a Ghost is a new haunted house flick that takes on a vintage Victorian vibe. After watching the trailer I have to say I really like everything this film has to offer up, at least conceptually. It features some great cinematography and I’m absolutely in love with the house where the bulk of the film is set. The only two gripes I have is that the dialogue and voice over seems out of sort for the film, and drew me out of the otherwise eerie atmosphere. The other one, and we’ll see how this pans out, is that this seems like it would be best suited to a twenty minute short. I’m not sure how the director, H.P. Mendoza, will effectively pull this off with a feature length run time, but since it’s already garnered some high praise from well-known non-genre press outlets I have high hopes.
In the meantime, here’s a whole slew of materials for you to check out, including the trailer, poster, synopsis, and a link to the official website. Enjoy!
Synopsis: Taking place in a single Victorian house during an indeterminable time period, I Am A Ghost is a supernatural mystery that explores identity mixing experimental non-linear filmmaking with classic haunted house spookiness.
Emily (Anna Ishida), a troubled spirit, haunts her own house every day, wondering why she can’t leave. With the help of Sylvia (Jeannie Barroga), a clairvoyant hired to rid the house of spirits, Emily is forced into a ‘patient/therapist’ relationship, uncovering disturbing mysteries about her past that may help her move on to ‘the next place.’
H. P. Mendoza is a Filipino American writer-director, and singer-songwriter based in San Francisco best known as the screenwriter and composer for the film Colma: The Musical, directed by Richard Wong. In 2006, he was listed as one of the Top 15 Creative Talents of 2006 by UCLA Asia Pacific Arts. His directorial debut, Fruit Fly, premiered on March 15, 2009 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and is the winner of their Best Narrative Feature Audience Award. I Am a Ghost is his second feature film.