AKA: The Beacon (2009)
While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of their four year old son, Bryn and Paul Shaw move to the charming old Beacon Apartments. Bryn begins seeing a ghostly little boy skulking around the building. With the help of an eccentric young professor and a tough old beat cop, Bryn tries to uncover the details of the boy’s death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to carry a message to her son. Too late she realizes a second malevolent entity stalks the halls of the Beacon: one that doesn’t want the boy to escape.
Director: Michael Stokes
Writer: Michael Stokes
Stars: Teri Polo, David Rees Snell, Elaine Hendrix, Michael Ironside, Marnette Patterson
I had not heard about Haunting at the Beacon until I saw it streaming on Netflix. I actually put off checking this one out for a while, but then I saw that they were removing it from Instant at the end of February, so I figured that I mine as well watch it while it is still streaming.
First-time director is the writer and director on this one. That is normally a warning sign to stay away from a film, but I am going to go a different route with this one. Perhaps I caught the movie while in a good mood, or perhaps the sun happened to be shining the right way that morning, but I got into Haunting at the Beacon. It was smartly written, had intriguing characters and had a very nice pace throughout.
Throughout pretty much the entire film, I was sold on what was going on. Every little nuance of the story, however frivolous did finally seem to make sense at the end of the film. Now, am I in no way comparing this to films that were written brilliantly, but it was by no means a dumb film either.
By the end of the film, you are piecing together the odd moments going on throughout the film and letting out little oohs and aahs that let you know that you are understanding where they were going with the story.
With some nice casting additions including fan-favorites Michael Ironside and Elaine Hendrix, this character-driven story does a fine job making every character useful.
Of course, it seems like I have to point out a hottie on almost every review these days, so why stop now. If you are looking for a seriously sexy girl, look no further than Marnette Patterson in this one. She is smoking hot. You may have seen her in Wild Things: Foursome and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.