Two high-school students start seeing the ghost of a bullied teenager in indie horror movie Jamie Marks Is Dead, based on the young adult novel One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak.
Adolescent angst is given a supernatural twist in indie horror movie Jamie Marks Is Dead when two high-school students in wintry upstate New York start seeing the ghost of a bullied teenager, his plaintive need for friendship undiminished by death.
Looking like a woebegone Harry Potter, the lugubrious spectre (Noah Silver) first appears to Gracie (Morgan Saylor, Brody’s annoying, angst-ridden daughter in Homeland), the classmate who discovered his body, and then to Adam (Christopher Monaghan), the star of the school’s cross-country team, who despite beginning a hesitant romance with Gracie finds himself drawn to the restless spirit, strangely impelled to offer him what solace he can.
Based on the young adult novel One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak, Jamie Marks Is Dead is a good deal less interesting than its offbeat premise might suggest. Deathly slow rather than unnerving, the film strives for a mood of poetic melancholy but fails to pull it off.
Certificate 15. Runtime 101 mins. Director Carter Smith
Jamie Marks Is Dead debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 12 January.