This is a first for Ginger Nuts of Horror, a review of a film. I'm not a fan of horror films, don't ask me why, I couldn't give you a logical reason for not liking them. As to why I agreed to review this film again I can't give you a solid reason.
The Casebook Of Eddie Brewer is a filmed in the style of a documentary, which allows it share many of its stylistic techniques with those of the much maligned "Found Footage" genre. The film itself concerns agnostic paranormal investigator Eddie Brewer. if you are wondering what an agnostic paranormal investigator is, don't worry Eddie explains it all in a brilliant scene where he is interviewed alongside a sceptic on a local radio show. This scene also shows exactly how this film excels at being a fantastic example of supernatural cinema.
This is a low budget film, there is very little money for special effects, and the film makers are well aware of this, so what they have done is concentrate on things such as great dialogue, excellent natural and engaging performances, and a brilliant use sound to intensify the ever increasing sense of dread. At one point in the film Eddie says
"sometimes miss something sensational on the audio for concentrating too much on the visual"
And you know what he is right, this is one of those films where if you listen to it through a pair of headphones the chill factor and overall enjoyment of the film is greatly increased. As mentioned earlier the acting in the film is both natural and engaging, in particular Ian Brooker's portrayal of Eddie is a masterclass in pathos. His performance quickly draws you into Eddie's life, this is a downbeat man, full of sorrow and yet gifted with a wry sense of humour. It was a brave move by the filmmakers to cast Eddie in this way, it would have been so easy to have him as a young handsome leading man. However, the casting of Ian brings a great sense of reality to this film.
The film itself is slow burner, that layers on a sense of dread and foreboding masterfully. This is a first class example of what British supernatural film making does best. An intelligent, spooky and ultimately rewarding ghost story.
Just keep watching the end credits, there is a brilliant little epilogue there.
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