An industrial tow truck driver suffering from insomnia returns to his childhood home — hey wait — after the untimely death of his father — no seriously wait! — to discover that a paranormal presence has been living in the house — oh no, you’re not listening — and haunting the sacred land it was built on.
If I’ve told the characters in movies one thing in my life — I talk to movies more than people — it’s never going back to your hometown after the death of a relative and try and set things right. There’s always something dark, something wrong, something supernatural and nothing ever gets fixed.
Oh yeah — don’t go to New England! Have we learned nothing from folk horror films?
Written, directed by and starring Steven Grayhm, this film takes us to Deer Field, Massachusetts and Will Stark, the protagonist who has come home for his father’s funeral, a man that suffers from a buffet of mental illnesses all at once: schizophrenia, psychotic episodes and multiple personality disorder. His many stays in mental hospitals at one time kept him from living in his father’s home. Now that he finally has it back, it’s only a matter of time — literally a few minutes — before the jump scares begin.
There’s also a murder investigation going on and if you know your genre films like I know you do, you know that the cops from the big city are going to run into Will before this movie is over.
This isn’t a bad movie. But it struggles to say something new in a world where I have seen enough films where someone goes home, goes mad and then deals with ghosts. But hey — making a movie is a major effort and anyone that undertakes that journey deserves our respect and encouragement.
The Secret of Sinchanee is available in select theaters and on all major digital and cable platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Comcast, Spectrum, Cox and more.