INNER GHOSTS (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘The key to Hell lies deep within your heart’

Inner Ghosts is a 2018 Portuguese-Brazilian paranormal horror feature film written and directed by Paulo Leite. The movie stars Celia Williams, Elizabeth Bochmann and Iris Cayatte.


If ghosts can think and remember who they are, then the physical brain is not the only place where we store our inner selves. Helen is asked to train two young women into the art of communicating with the dead. However, Helen’s days as a medium are long gone. In fact, she gave up that life fifteen years ago when she lost her daughter.

Today, Helen is a different woman dedicated to her career in brain research. Things start to change when a visit from the other side offers her the design of a device that can do amazing things. But with everything there is a risk…



Inner Ghosts is predominantly a film about ideas – the conflict between religion, spirituality and science. For the most part it’s a very talky film, and the closest comparison in terms of tone is probably Nigel Kneale’s 1972 BBC drama The Stone Tape. That’s not to say it doesn’t take a dark turn about two thirds in.” Dark Eyes of London

“The practical effects are really incredible, not just in terms of gore but also in the wow factor. There is real creativity behind some of the ideas here. There’s an incredible scene where a creature rises up out of seemingly nothing only to have a human crawl out of it.” Pop Horror

“Writer/director Paulo Leite cites British horror film in general and the work of Nigel Kneale in particular as his inspiration. And Kneale’s influence is very obvious as Inner Ghost spends its first half setting up a scientific background for its supernatural goings-on […] Once Inner Ghosts switches into full-on horror mode though it doesn’t hold back.” Voices from the Balcony


Inner Ghosts is released in the USA on DVD and Digital on January 7th 2020 by Uncork’d Entertainment.

The film was released in Portugal on 7th September 2018.


Cast and characters:

  • Celia Williams … Helen
  • Elizabeth Bochmann … Elsa
  • Iris Cayatte … Rachel
  • Norman MacCallum … Steinman
  • Amanda Booth … Moira
  • Patricia Godinho … Lilly
  • João Blümel … Albert
  • Inês Sá Frias … Maria

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