A depressed young man struggles to move on and escape haunting memories of his girlfriend, killed ten years ago in a train accident in “The Haunting of Amelia” staring Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, Disturbing Behavior), Chad Lindberg (Black Circle Boys, The Fast and the Furious), and Tania Raymonde (Malcolm in the Middle, Lost).
Normally I am not a big fan of romantic type flicks and really tend to dislike it within my genre of choice so I must admit that I am shocked that I liked “The Haunting of Amelia” to the degree that I did. With that being said, yes this is very much a romantic ghost story and is done in a very solid fashion and ultimately tells a compelling story of two lovers torn from each other prematurely and the power of true love that keeps them forever connected to each other. As a huge fan of “The Crow” franchise I received a bit of a Eric Draven and Shelly Webster type vibe when it came to Josh (Brendan Fehr) and Amelia (Tania Raymonde) which I really enjoyed.
The script while at sometimes may feel a little cheesy is for the most part well written, my only real complaint is it was really easy to figure out what was going on very early on but the ending is moving enough that it doesn’t take away from the overall viewing experience. I never thought in a million years I would utter these next words but if you were a fan of the “Twilight” films this may be right up your alley but let me clarify that if you hated those films like myself but do enjoy a good love inspired story now and then you to will more than likely walk away pleased with “The Haunting of Amelia”. I would also like to mention that this could very well be a kid friendly flick as well beyond a few curse words it’s very family friendly and would be a great choice if you have tweens in your household for a family movie night.
I’m a big fan of ghost stories, I’m sure most readers have come to this conclusion by now but for any new faces I will admit that I am obsessed with the paranormal and for a couple years of my life was even part of a paranormal investigation group in Ohio. The storyline in “The Haunting of Amelia” gave me flashbacks to a certain style of local ghost stories most towns have of teen lovers killed suddenly and become stuck in a limbo of sorts something I’m sure many people will be able to relate to. “The Haunting of Amelia” is a slow burn for sure with very little action as it is a pure romance style flick there are a couple displays of special effects that are done well enough but ultimately this is a character and story driven film and is by no means a pure horror film beyond the subject matter so die hard horror junkies may want to stay away from this one but if you are looking for a different take on a love story and have a open mind I highly recommend giving “The Haunting of Amelia” a watch if it can convert me it has the ability to convert even the most jaded owner of a broken heart on behalf of The Liberal Dead I give “The Haunting of Amelia” a very solid 7 of 10.