We checked out a recently added Netflix flick called “An American Ghost Story”. My expectations were minimal and I was figuring it would be a typical haunted house story. Turns out there are some genuine scares and the acting is actually decent.
The premise revolves around a writer who reads about a murder involving the father killing his family. This massacre occurs in a house where him and his girlfriend are staying in. He decides to live in the house to fully experience any supernatural activities that occur and provide the inspiration he needs to write his book. The first couple of weeks, the paranormal activities involve opening of cabinets, doors, and sporadic noises at night. At this stage, the girlfriend senses something is off in the house and moves out to stay with her mom.
Paul, the writer, continues to live in the house and experiences stronger activity day-by-day. These include chairs moving, toys moving on their own, radio turning on, children talking, and even figures under sheets. Still determined, he finds out who lived in the house before and makes an appointment to interview her. She describes the exact same phenomenon when she was living there and kept on saying the house wanted to kill her and ruin her marriage. Paul records the conversation and before he leaves, the woman warns him to leave immediately or the house will destroy him as well.
The last half of the move, the apparition is becoming more aggressive and even stealing his flashlight. He tries to communicate with the ghost saying he only wants to talk and doesn’t mean any harm. During the entire movie, Paul assumes the ghosts are the children that were killed by the father. After not experiencing any supernatural activity for weeks, Paul lashes out one night throwing the sheet around hoping to capture a figure. He does this in every room of the house and all of a sudden, he captures the figure under the sheet who is now the same height as him which could only mean it is the father who committed the heinous crime.
The ghostly father proceeds to throw him around the house causing destruction and injuries to Paul. This goes on for about five minutes when finally Paul is pushed through a window breaking the glass and where he loses consciousness.
Cue a few weeks later and Paul has moved to a new apartment and unboxing his stuff. Upon opening the last box, he notices the same bed sheet that was chasing him in the haunted house. He touches it ever so gently and it springs up and envelops him. End movie!