08th Nov2019

‘The Baylock Residence’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Kelly Goudie, Sarah Wynne Kordas, Lindsay Foster, Karen Henson, Kieron Brook, Penelope Butler, Fiona Shore, Cara Middleton | Written and Directed by Anthony M. Winson

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There are a handful, well enough movies to call it a sub genre, of horror movies et during World War II. But they usually, rather strangely, involve zombies of some kind. Whether it be the very enteratining recent hit Overlord or the found footage style Frankenstein’s Army or the Outpost franchise, it is always about the undead. The Baylock Residence however goes down a different route and decides to focus its story on ghosts and a more haunted house vibe.

You could almost ignore my first paragraph though when it comes to talking about  The Baylock Residence because it being set during World War II has no bearing on the story at all. In the movie, Patricia discovers her estranged sister has died and when she returns to her home (the reason for leaving is her home is bombed – that’s the war connection) she is told she has inherited her residence. Only the house has more than its fair share of ghosts.

Unfortunately the ghosts aren’t the scariest of beings here. In fairness, the majority of them aren’t supposed to be, they are there to warn Patricia of something but that doesn’t mean that the viewers shouldn’t at least be creeped out a little bit. But when the movie does try this, it never works and there are no scares to be had. Not for the first seventy five percent of the run time anyway. By far the best part of the movie is its final fifteen minutes. It is the only time that there is any sense of danger to the lead character. It’s when the main ‘villain’ starts properly appearing in the movie and although I wouldn’t say the villain is particularly scary or great but suddenly you feel like something exciting might just happen. The film also features some pretty cool images in these final moments, candle-lit scenes or a black goo-covered character, everything becomes more interesting.

But this can’t save the movie. The two leads, Kelly Goudie as Patricia and Sarah Wynne Kordas as Annabel are decent at times, while at others they kind of get lost in a poor script – a script that is doing them no favours despite their best efforts. I think both actresses would impress with the right material but  The Baylock Residence isn’t it.

As this was not needed to be set in 1944, it seems like an even odder choice because it doesn’t look very authentic either. I can’t put my finger on exactly why but everything looked a bit too clean and polished for the time it is set.

Speaking of that script,it can certainly be described as a bit all over the place. It really doesn’t need to be confusing but it somehow is, there’s just too much going on in a very simple story. Unfortunately  The Baylock Residence is a mostly uninteresting and unoriginal haunted house movie and there’s plenty of that about. I understand a slow build-up is sometimes beneficial to a movie but the last fifteen minutes are the only reason this movie is a complete dud. More of that and it would have been a much more exciting prospect.

** 2/5

The Baylock Residence is out now from Wild Eye Releasing

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