American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet – USA, 2018

American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Eddie Lengyel (Mother Krampus 2: Slay RideVoodoo Rising; Scarred; Hellweek). The movie stars KateLynn E. Newberry, Rob Jaeger, Roger Conners and Angela Cole.

Plot:

Alice and her best friend Lauren inadvertently set a hellish curse in motion after surprisingly acquiring a mysterious shrunken head. Wanting to know more about their fiendish find, they pay a visit to a popular paranormal podcast host Hunter Perry of Beyond the Veil.

Hunter discovers its true authenticity of the ages-old object and in hopes of creating a rating boost, he plans a live podcast in which the tale of the shrunken head will be introduced to the masses. Little do they know by playing the game and calling her name they will release the malevolent demonic spirit of Lilith Ratchet…

Reviews:

“Opting for much more of an urban gothic tone, it offers a haunting aesthetic that viewers will appreciate, and even want more of. Watching Lilith glide around an old building or outside among a misty city alleyway, the score also complimented that much desired throwback vibe.” Fatal Follower, Amino

“It’s a well-crafted and chillingly beautiful film that’s packed with a whole lot of charm, and Lilith Ratchet herself is a horror villain that I’d love to see more of!” Nikolas Sullivan, Crypt Teaze

“If only the director had thrown in a few more laughable jump scares, hammy lines, and made the monster look even more like a sun-bleached Halloween mannequin, then The Curse of Lilith Ratchet would have been a perfectly respectable, dreadful movie. As it is, it’s just a bore.” James Turner, Flickering Myth

“Exhilarating, classic and fun all rolled into one, I didn’t expect this movie to be as good as it turned out to be. What a wonderful surprise. Congratulations to everyone involved for their part in creating a hauntingly beautiful, gory nightmare…” Michael DeFellipo, Horror Society

” …the killings are unoriginal, improbable and almost laughable […] With potential this intriguing going to waste, The Curse of Lilith Ratchet loses points for effort and comes across as messy and average…” Tasha Danzig, The Movie Sleuth

” …it absolutely works in delivering a haunted tale of murder, madness, and morbidity. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of skin – just a lot of hot actresses – and one sick and demented ghost bitch. But the film works in creating a new sort of slasher figure in the presence of Lilith Ratchet.” Loron Hays, Reel Reviews

The Curse of Lilith Ratchet is Eddie Lengyel’s best film to date. It may not be as bloody as some of his previous work but it makes up for that with good direction, atmosphere, location and casting. The cast here is far better than you’d expect in an indie film…” Scare Tissue

“It’s got the same plot devices, same characters and same jump scares as so many other evil ghost films. If it brought something different to the table it might have risen above them. The last act does build up some solid tension, and as I said it is well shot.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • KateLynn E. Newberry … Alice Crow
  • Rob Jaeger … Hunter Perry
  • Roger Conners … Dylan Reavis
  • Angela Cole … Bree
  • Brianna Burke … Lauren Miller
  • George Tutie … Nate Collins
  • Crissy Kolarik … Lilith Ratchet
  • Layla Cushman … Aunt Jane
  • Lauren Paulis … Lola
  • D.J. Remark … Styxman
  • Debbie Scaletta … Mrs. Miller
  • Ann Shamess … Mrs. Collins
  • Dionnae Maree Ford … Immoni
  • Morrigan Thompson … Jamie
  • Pauline Nowakowski … Mrs. Perry
  • Sean Keta … Skillet
  • Janine Sarnowski … Grandma Miller
  • Richard Phillis … Henry Ratchet
  • Jessica Thomas … Bar Patron
  • Devin McClung … Mistress

Related:

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake – USA, 1959

Shrunken Heads – USA, 1994

The Bizarre Practice of Head Shrinking – article

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