Rated NR: This Film Currently Has No Rating
Running Time: 86 minutes (1 hour and 29 minutes)
Genre/s: Found-Footage, Ghost, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
This film is to be released in November 11, 2015 (PH Release Date)
Presented by Vega, Baby and Solar Pictures
Writers: Petr Bok and Petr Jákl
Director: Petr Jákl
- Jennifer Armour as Jenny
- Alina Golovlyona as Katarina
- Jeremy Isabella as Ethan
- Paul S. Tracey as Ryan
Hunger takes many forms. Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and with Halloween fast approaching, we better take a look at a film that would give us a good scare. Fortunately, Solar Pictures has sent us an email for their upcoming horror flick, Ghoul. Yeah, I haven't heard of it either until now, because this was a Czech-exclusive movie before the worldwide release.
What is the movie about?
Jenny, Ethan and Ryan, played by Armour (24: Live Another Day), Isabella (CSI: Miami) and Tracey (Castle) respectively, travel to Ukraine to make a documentary about everything that is needed to be known about cannibalism.
The trio come face-to-face with a survivor of a cannibal outbreak long ago and are now being haunted after unleashing the spirit of Chikatilo through Katarina, played by Golovlyona.
Say what you want about the trailers, or even compare it to an Ed Wood production, but I'd still try to watch the entire movie. Remember, don't judge a book by it's cover, even with its overused shaky camera shots and an almost too familiar story. We're not going to be harsh here because that comes out later on when we review this. Besides, the story behind the actual killer is truly terrifying. As said in the trailer, simply Google, Ukrainian Cannibal Chicatilo to learn more, or simply go to Wikipedia and type-in Andrei Chicatilo.
Herewith is an interview from director Petr Jakl promoting the movie, Ghoul, as provided by Solar Pictures.
Eric Shirey (Cinelinx) had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jakl while he was busy promoting the film. They talked about the rich history, superstitions, the supernatural leanings of the Ukrainian people, and more about the background of the movie Ghoul. Read on to climb inside the head of this up-and-coming director, writer, producer, and actor.
How did you get involved in Ghoul?
“Back in 2010 we went to the Ukraine to attend a festival. I had a chance to speak to some villagers and all of them mentioned famine in 1932 and the cannibal Chikatilo. It was very interesting because they spoke about cannibalism like it was something that was part of their life. I started to investigate more about it and I found more connection between the famine and Chikatilo. I also like the Ukrainian habits and how they believe in psychics, they are superstitious, and a lot of the people there also believe in supernatural forces. I decided to use those as much as possible and blur the lines between reality and fiction. Nobody will be sure what is real and what is not. That’s why I bought the real footage of the cannibal Chikatilo. That´s why I shot a real documentary with survivors of the famine that is used in the movie. I also shot the movie on the real locations where these horrible things happened and where Chikatilo was born.”
Give us a brief synopsis of Ghoul.
“Ghoul is a supernatural horror and also partly a thriller film involving the real life story of the Soviet Union’s most violent serial killer and cannibal. Andrei Chikatilo killed more than fifty people. Three Americans travel to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the cannibalism epidemic that swept through the country during the famine of 1932. They have chosen an area from which many more people are disappearing for no apparent reason. After being lured deep into the Ukraine forest for an interview with one of the last known famine survivors, they quickly find themselves trapped in a supernatural hunting ground.”
Tell us a little bit about your experience making Ghoul.
“I wanted to find actors who were not well known, but they had to be great. That's why I did the casting in seven countries for almost six months. I had one actress from London, two actors from LA, and the others were Ukrainians. When the actors from California got to Kiev, they were pretty scared right from the beginning because they knew that we were going to shoot in real locations where people were killed. We had to go to the frontier zone between Russia and the Ukraine every day. Border police told us not to go alone to a forest because there are wolves and bears and that we should avoid speaking to strangers there and such. We had mostly night shoots in the forest. Some situations were really scary during the shooting because we thought that somebody was watching and we could not get rid of that feeling. I think it also helped to build a real atmosphere for the movie and it was a part of my plan.”
What sort of message (if any) do you think Ghoul is trying to deliver to audiences?
“I have to mention that we started to shoot Ghoul in 2011 before the Ukrainian Revolution and before “the conflict” between Russians and the Ukrainians began. There was no political reason to show a Ukrainian cannibal eating people and his connection with the famine caused by Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin. I just wanted to make the movie so real that people would feel like they are in the Ukraine in danger. That’s also why I interviewed real people and let them say what happened. Their stories about cannibalism are extremely horrifying because they are true.”
If you were in line at the movies and someone was trying to choose between Ghoul and the other movies playing, how would you convince them to see yours?
“I would say, ‘Would you be scared if you were in a cottage in the middle of a forest far from any civilization and Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dahmer would be outside watching you?’ That’s how you will feel when you watch “Ghoul.” The two of them together are not as brutal and dangerous as Ukrainian cannibal Chikatilo. He killed and mutilated more than fifty people and he ate their parts. He was extremely brutal so people nicknamed him the Red Ripper. When you watch the movie you will be surprised who is really out there waiting to get you!”
Well I guess that's a wrap for this soon-to-be-released thriller movie. Do watch it and bring your friends (a couple of them) on November 11!
|Above is Petr Jákl with new friends Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson on the set of xXx|