09th Dec2021

‘Double Walker’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Sylvie Mix, Justin Rose, Quinn Armstrong, Jacob Rice, Maika Carter, Joseph Moreland, Darryl A Wright, Layla Pritt, Ralph Scott | Written by Sylvie Mix, Colin West | Directed by Colin West

Colin West, producer of the superb Survival Skills, teams with Sylvie Mix, star of the well-received indie film Poser, for Double Walker – which tells the story of a young Ghost (Sylvie Mix), who haunts her cold Midwestern hometown trying to piece together the horrific flashes of memories from her past. One by one she kills the men she believes were responsible for her death, though her plan is derailed when she meets Jack (Jacob Rice), a kind cinema usher who inadvertently intercepts as she’s stalking her next victim. While Jack takes her in and offers her a glimpse at a normal life, her desire to avenge her own murder lingers on.

Double Walker is less of a story and more a mood, though there is plenty of story to get your teeth into – it’s just that the overall mood dictates where this film goes and how it feels. It’s ethereal, haunting and sombre, with a plot at its core that is an emotional heartbreaker – one that disturbs as much as it provides context for Ghost’s actions.

Speaking of Ghost, Double Walker is also all about Sylvie Mix’s performance in the central role, which completely reflects the tone and mood of the film. Mix’s performance is both vulnerable and terrifying – the dichotomy of a lonely ghost whose only purpose is to kill really coming to the fore in Mix’s acting.

In terms of direction, Double Walker is not, despite looking totally different, worlds apart from the Colin West-produced 202o film Survival Skills. That film made use of its “VHS” format to tell a story that dealt with the serious issue of domestic violence and here, with West now in the directors chair, he tackles’s another serious subject, however here he uses the tropes of supernatural horror to tell the story.

Yet for all the otherworldly trappings of a “ghost” film, Double Walker is more melancholy than scary; with the core edict of “given a choice, would you live one more day as a human, or live forever as a ghost” really hitting home emotionally… I don’t know what I’d choose. Do you? What I do know however, is that Double Walker is a fantastic “ghost story” that is a must-see for genre fans who like their horror movies to have both style AND substance.

**** 4/5

Double Walker is out now on demand from Cranked Up Films.


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