A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Monday, September 30, 2019
The Baylock Residence Film Review
The Baylock Residence takes place during The Blitz of the 1940’s. After Susanna Baylock’s (Karen Henson) tragic death her sister, Patricia Woodhouse (Kelly Goudie) visits her home where she meets Annabel Blair (Sarah Wynne Kordas), Susanna’s help. Soon after her arrival Patricia discovers that she has inherited her sisters property. Things pick up rather quickly as some rather unusual events start to unfold.
Historical dramas and documentaries are something I am rather fond of. I love films that take place between the late 1800’s and early to mid 1900’s. When it comes to storytelling these time periods tend to have something very special about them. The Baylock Residence is no exception. As much as I appreciate American Cinema, British films will always have a special place in my heart. The location, wardrobe, and overall feel of this film are beautiful. It’s the perfect mixture of both a historical time period and a classic ghost story.
The overall character and plot development were both enjoyable. Both the set and costume designs look accurate for the time period. The only thing that isn’t accurate is the hair styles. A woman’s hair would be much shorter with more defined curls. I found the hair and make up to be more modern which is very common with the majority of films representing a past decade. A lot of films that deal with the paranormal tend to jump right in and I liked how this film didn’t do that. It doesn’t feel rushed and we get a glimpse into what Susanna’s life was like before her passing.
As I’ve mentioned before I do love this time period. I think it works really well with the story. If this film was set in present day I don’t think it would work nearly as well. It’s nice to see a film that is self aware and takes place in the 1940’s. I found this to be quite refreshing. Overall I liked this film. The characters are quite likable. Once you get further into the film you realize that things aren’t quite with the seem. This isn’t a cut and dry story and that’s what I like about it. My only complaint involves some of the cinematography. I think the film could use a little work in that department. With that being said, I give The Baylock Residence an 8/10. I highly suggest this for those of you who prefer a cohesive storyline over predictable jump scares and cheap tricks.