The general, non-horror loving population would have you believe that all the genre is about is shock and awe, blood and gore. The wonderful truth is that this is most certainly not the case. There are filmmakers out there that can dive deeper than all of that and present a story in which their viewers can actual relate to in some way, shape, or form. A perfect example of this type of brilliant filmmaking is Axelle Carolyn’s Soulmate.
Grieving over the recent loss of her husband and after attempting to end her own life, Audrey needs some time away from everything, her home, her friends, and her family. She travels to a secluded cottage, where nobody but the caretaker [and the caretaker’s husband] can bother her… or so she thinks. After a couple of restless nights and fears that an intruder has entered the house, Audrey learns that she is actually being visited by the spirit of the previous owner, Douglas Talbot. The two begin to open up to each other, forming a strange relationship along the way. Has Audrey finally met someone who understands her or is she not really as safe as she believes?
Soulmate is a very slow film. Generally I cannot stand these slow burns, but I stuck it out and I am glad I did because it turned out to be a beautiful film, different from most modern ghost stories. Director Axelle Carolyn was able to capture the feel of the old gothic Hammer films, while still putting a modern spin on things. With unsaturated color palettes and a secluded area, the cinematography and setting became much more to the film, as if they were characters themselves, along with the very small cast of performers.
Anna Walton is remarkable as Soulmate‘s main focus, Audrey. She portrays the character beautifully, allowing the audience to really feel her emotion and sympathize with her, whether she is deeply saddened or when she is finally doing better, towards the end of the film. Tom Wisdom is also great to watch as the haunting spirit of Douglas Talbot. Wintessing him and Walton on-screen together is a real treat, keeping this slow burn film from losing its grasp on my attention along the way.
If you are searching for a modern-day ghost story that is more than just blood and guts, look no further than Soulmate. It is a beautiful film in every sense of the word. You can purchase a copy today from Revolver Entertainment’s using the following links:
I give this flick 3.5 angry apparitions out of 5.