Ravenswood – Australia, 2017

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‘Monsters don’t hide under the bed… they live inside you.’

Ravenswood is a 2017 Australian supernatural horror feature film edited and directed by Jon Cohen from a screenplay co-written with Darren K. Hawkins (Occultum Mala; The Lonely Road; Outside Your Window). It stars Madeline Marie Dona, Adam Horner and Shane Savage.

When four American tourists – Sofia, Carl, Belle and Michael – go on a ghost tour of a Ravenswood, an old abandoned psychiatric ward deep in the Australian outback, they get much more than they bargained for.

When the guys get trapped in the haunted building by the evil ghost of the former doctor in charge, they conduct a séance to talk to the spirits to let them free. Unfortunately, they inadvertently release the ghost of the doctor’s last victim, and she possesses Sofia. She begs the others to protect her from the doctor.

As the doctor begins killing them to get to Sofia, they must fight for their lives against a brutal enemy hell bent on their destruction. They never knew who the real enemy was until it was too late…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Ravenswood gets points for delivering some decent atmosphere and chills on a non-existent budget, but it’s crippled by a bad script and a clear lack of care in scenes not directly designed to spook the audience. The bones of a good movie are present; perhaps some more time on the writing would have put enough meat on them to make a solid thriller.” Travis Johnson, Film Ink

Main cast:

  • Madeline Marie Dona
  • Adam Horner (Kill Cam)
  • Shane Savage (Evil Fred)
  • Isabel Dickson
  • Jock Campbell
  • Ashley Fitzgerald
  • Jonathan Lane
  • Josie Waller
  • Kristy Wright
  • Celyren Phipps
  • Kathy Luu

Filming locations:

Gledswood Homestead, Catherine Fields, New South Wales, Australia
(Ravenswood Psych Hospital)
Rosebery, New South Wales, Australia


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5 Comments on “Ravenswood – Australia, 2017”

  1. Having seen this movie and reading up on its production, I can entirely understand the hate behind it. It’s bad, and not so bad that it’s good like Troll 2, but just boring and unoriginal with lacklustre acting. The laughter comes not from watching the film but from learning about why it was produced as it seems that the only reason it exists in the first place was to overinflate the agency CEO’s ego by putting her son forward as the star. These links I find share the feelings of the viewers who have seen this movie:

    1. It’s kind of hard to have a proper opinion on the film’s quality without having seen it. I can totally understand the hate towards it having seen it and read up about it.

  2. This film is just terrible, laughable at best and as bad as Birdemic but not as entertaining. The acting is bad and the story is nothing worth writing back home about. The American accents are bad which is strange why they even needed to have any since it was filmed in Australia with all of the actors locals. Based on sources, all of the cast were represented by the same talent agency who apparently also produced the film, and the main guy played by Adam Horner is the film’s executive producer’s son, which I feel is an immediate red flag on the project turning out terrible, and it shows.

    If this is what the Australian film industry has to offer as its best work, then I fear for its survival. If you see this for sale in a bargain bin, I would not pay more than a quarter for it. Instead have a friend buy it for you and then watch it in dismay together and make some sort of drinking game out of it.

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