Restoration – USA, 2016 – reviews



Home sweet Hell’

Restoration – aka The Haunting – is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by Zack Ward from a screenplay co-written by James Cullen-Bressack. The Grit Film Works production stars Zack Ward, Nick Principe and Jeffrey Johnson.

While renovating their house, a couple finds a diary hidden in the walls, lost for thirty years.

Opening the book releases the ghost of a child that haunts their dreams and waking life, driving them to find the cause of her death and release her soul…


“What really holds everything together and see Restoration apart is the performances from all involved. As the lead couple, O’Brien and Gaeta have a great chemistry, and feel like very real people. As the mysterious/friendly neighbour, Ward and Schultz are suitably creepy and likeable all at the same time.” UK Horror Scene

“Everything is manipulated for style and effect, which shouldn’t be a criticism since that is what Ward is going for, but when every scene is under-lit and every turn punctuated by jump scare music, there’s not much left for us to think about but the tropes it tries to invoke.” That Moment In

“When the picture heads into its second half, any intrigue that it established early on begins to wane, as it stumbles to a resolution that feels both excessively drawn out and far too predictable. What’s essentially a small scale four-hander is devoid of the vitality it needs to hold the audience…” The Schlock Pit

Restoration does enough of the unexpected to make this watchable and whilst it won’t go down as a genre classic or live too long in the memory, it’s an effective pulse racer.” Flickering Myth

Main cast:

  • Zack Ward
  • Nick Principe
  • Jeffrey Johnson
  • Kirsty Hill
  • Sarah Ann Schultz
  • Adrian Gaeta
  • Keith Jardine
  • Javier Flores
  • James Cullen Bressack
  • Anna Harr
  • Emily Roya O’Brien
  • Kevin Porter
  • Pilar Schneider
  • Lucy Angelo
  • Charles Chudabala
  • Pam Hyatt