We begin Ghosts of the Ozarks with an ominous voiceover about how ghosts inhabit the woods.
We follow a Doctor who has come to a small town after the disappearance of its previous one. Soon after this we see a man devoured by a cloud of red smoke with beastly wails heard as he disappears.
At first, I thought the town could be a ghost town but this theory was promptly dismissed for a more crazy plot thread.
While Ghosts of the Ozarks begins quite creepy, it descends into a weird and sometimes comical tone which feels similar to an episode of The Walking Dead when its trying to be funny.
We quickly find out the village is full of secrets and there is also a rich/poor divide which keeps the order for better or worse.
The isolation of the location helps to add to the tension which is quite effective when the odd tone isn’t present.
Ghosts of the Ozarks does suffer a midway lull that it largely recovers from them, although I get the feeling overall it polarise audiences.
Ghosts of the Ozarks is the closing film of Grimmfest Easter 2022.