I just finished watching Lluís Quilez’s Out Of The Dark, currently on Netlix, and it’s a bit middling, though hardly the worse movie I’ve seen.
It revolves around a family who moves to Columbia, and are haunted by ghosts.
Though not particularly effective, I found it interesting for another reason: The ghosts come about because the owner of a paper mill, Jordan (Stephen Rea) dumped some mercury into the water–I assumed that it’s either the by-product of producing paper or somehow used in the process–so the justifiably pissed-off ghosts chose to haunt his children and cap things off by kidnapping their daughter, Hannah (Pixie–Yes, according to IMDB that’s her real name–Davies) .
Earlier I read a story from The New York Times earlier today about a slave ship that crashed on reefs just outside of South Africa. The ship was on the way to Maranhão, Brazil with a cargo of 400-500 slaves. When the ship crashed, the crew escaped.
The slaves chained in the hold, being but cargo, died bound together like cords of wood.
And as horrific as that must have been for the people who perished aboard that ship, that’s hardly the worse thing we as humans have done to one another, not by a long shot.
That being the case, why aren’t there more ghosts? There should literally be disembodied spirits everywhere you turn. People have been on the earth for awhile–so shouldn’t we be literally tripping over them?
And sure, not everyone would be perceptive enough to pick up on them, but being that there are over 7 billion people in the world today, if only a small percentage of those individuals are sensitive to such things wouldn’t that means millions of people should be like that guy from The Sixth Sense?
And yet ghosts, like their sci-fi brethren, UFO’s, are pretty selective whom they appear to (it helps if you don’t happen to have a camera, though speaking of which, now that virtually everyone has cell phones I expect alien abductions to fall precipitously) which is why it all sounds like so much hokum.