Widow’s Point (2020)

From the creator of Johnny Gruesome comes this haunted tale that somewhat acts as a mini-anthology of stories with Craig Sheffer as your host and narrator, if you will.

Thomas Livingston is a once successful novelist who plans to get back to the top. He decides to head to the small town of Harper’s Cove with the intent of going to a renowned haunted place known as Widow’s Point to help promote his next book, which would be based on true stories. Upon his arrival, he is warned by the house’s owner to never go into the lighthouse. However, that is actually what Thomas intends to do. With the help of his assistant Rosa from afar, Thomas intends to pitch his new book by staying for the weekend in the apparent haunted house.

Thomas begins to read the stories about what occurred in the house and its lighthouse. The stories include a film that was shot on location. Tragedy struck when one of the actresses, Lydia Pearl, committed suicide in front of the cast and crew after seeing an apparition in a white veil. Another story involved a poker game gone wrong when one of the players believed to have saw the apparition in a white veil telling him to kill everyone. A third story involved a girl who also saw the apparition and was met with tragic consequences. Thomas decides to break the rules and enter the lighthouse.

Cult horror icon Gregory Lamberson is known for his blend of horror and comedies, with cult favorites like Slime City, its sequel Slime City Massacre, Killer Rack, and the recent adaptation of his own novel, Johnny Gruesome. For his latest film, Lamberson decides to take a more serious route with adapting a horror novel by father and son duo Richard and Billy Chizmar. What is very interesting with Lamberson’s script is that the film blends the haunted house genre with that of a let’s call it “mini-anthology” with our protagonist Thomas being our narrator.

80s and 90’s screen heartthrob Craig Sheffer makes a welcome return to the horror genre as the very determined Thomas, who locks himself in his mysterious house. He is the driving force of the film as we see some nuances such as ghosts running behind him and as he tells the stories of what occurred in the house, his food becomes maggot-filled and other strange things begin to happen. As we learn about what had happened, we see Sheffer pull off nicely (and at times unintentionally funny) go slowly into the brink of madness.

There is some fine support from KateLynn E. Newberry as Rosa, Thomas’ assistant who communicates with him from another location and at times, she relies on help from technician expert Andre, played by Dominic Luongo. At times, Andre puts in some key details when it comes to certain technical aspects that once were used in analog and has somehow found itself now in digital. The stories themselves are quite fascinating, including Kaelin Lamberson’s Delaney finding herself into sinister situations that ultimately lead to her demise and Willow Anwar (Sheffer’s real-life daughter) as the apparition. As if that’s not crazy enough, just wait until both the finale and end credits as they are both insane, in a good way.

In the end, Widow’s Point is a welcome return to the horror genre for Craig Sheffer and a welcome more serious entry in the horror genre for Gregory Lamberson. There are a few unintentionally funny moments involving Sheffer’s reactions but overall, that will not take away the fact that we have a nice blending of haunted house and anthology.

WFG RATING: B

101 Films and Devilworks presents a Kwakutl Films production. Director: Gregory Lamberson. Producer: Tamar Lamberson. Writer: Gregory Lamberson; based on the novel by Richard and Billy Chizmar. Cinematography: Matthew A. Nardone. Editing: Phil Gallo.

Cast: Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Michael Thurber, Richard Satterwhite, John Renna, Kaelin Lamberson, Willow Anwar, Kim Piazza, Paul McGinnis, Amy Hoffman.

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