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 (opens in new tab), 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.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
Thank you for signing up to Whattowatch. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.