The Waiting [FILM REVIEW]

Director: F.C. Rabbath
Production Company: F.C. Rabbath Creations
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural/Romance/Comedy
One Sentence Synopsis: Lovesick hotel employee befriends ghost that haunts one of its rooms.
Series: Standalone
Release Date: TBA
Running Time: 1 hr 24 min
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Trailer: Click Here
Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan
Final Score: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5)

The Waiting is the latest film from F.C. Rabbath, known for his previous works A Brilliant Monster and Watch Over Us, both of which I reviewed in the past. Continuing in the vein of independent horror, this time he brings us the paranormal with a bit of comedy and romance, and a story that is sure to stir the emotions.

Story

Eric (Nick Leali) is unemployed, newly single and not having the best of luck with online dating. But his luck may change when he finally gets a job at The Lodge, a hotel with a reputation for paranormal activity and is said to be haunted. When the staff members tell him about Room 101, he scoffs at the idea. But when his manager Steve (Bob Myers) confirms it, he decides to check it out himself. That’s when he meets Elizabeth (Molly Ratermann), the ghost of the Lodge.

Eric is introduced to Elizabeth

Frightened but intrigued, Eric decides he wants to get to know the tortured soul. Who is she? Why is she trapped? And how will they communicate if she can’t talk? He gets answers to all of these questions but there’s one that still remains: What is their relationship status? And how far is Eric willing to go to bring her soul peace?

Presentation

Brilliant Moon Award

One of the first things I noticed about the film was the incredible cinematography; the aerial shots were beautiful. The choice of lighting was also really good, especially during the scenes with Elizabeth. Due to the film having a smaller budget and not a lot of complex special effects, the makeup combined with the lighting helped with the paranormal vibes. The musical score also caught my attention. I really liked the ambience and mood that it created.

Nick Leali did an amazing job as Eric. He’s really good at awkwardness and creating comic relief, but also providing the warmhearted emotions that brought a smile to my face numerous times. And Molly Ratermann relying almost entirely on body language was a creepy, tortured soul that I immediately fell for. The chemistry between the two of them made me think of Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters when he’s speaking with Dana possessed by Zuul.

My emotions were all over the place with this. As I was watching it I was like, “Oh, so it’s a horror flick. Oh, no, it’s a comedy. Or is it a romance?” I laughed, I got scared, I was surprised, I was saddened and also moved. Almost as if this is The Princess Bride of paranormal romance films.

 

Audience Fit

This film could draw a few different audiences, ranging from those who are fans of the supernatural and paranormal cinema, to those who enjoy a good romance with some comic relief.

 

Closing Thoughts

In the mood to be creeped out? Watch The Waiting. In the mood to laugh? Watch The Waiting. You want something paranormal? The Waiting. A heartwarming story? Again, watch The Waiting!

 

        Story: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5)
        Presentation: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5)
        Audience Fit: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5)
        Final Score (not an average): 5.0 Moons

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Author: Reverend Leviathan

Reverend Leviathan is the Music & Media Editor at DarkestGoth Magazine. He has been part of the Gothic community since his high school years. He released an album in 2008 entitled "Eden's Graveyard" and has also self-published a book, Gothlic: The Testimony of a Catholic Goth. He specializes in music (Goth, ambient, industrial, horror punk and doom metal) and independent films. You can follow him at Facebook.com/revleviathan7. If you have questions about having your music or media reviewed or featured at DarkestGoth, you can email Reverend Leviathan directly. (Not all music or media will be eligible for coverage by DGM, due to its style or the current knowledge base of DGM staff. If your media is accepted, we are currently estimating a 90-120 day turnaround for reviews and/or other coverage, so please plan requests accordingly.)

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