‘Ghost Wars’: ghostly or just ghastly?

Ghost Wars is one of those shows where you know the whole reason it exists is because a producer came up with what they thought was a really cool name and only then started thinking about something to attach it too.

The story takes place in a small island town in Alaska and follows Roman Mercer, a young psychic who has the ability to communicate with ghosts. When a nearby lab’s experiment goes horribly wrong, a portal to the netherworld is ripped open and an army of evil undead spirits begins invading.

It reads like shlocky B-Horror and for the most part it is, right down to the casting of freaking Meat Loaf as a main character. While the cast gives it their best shot, I think the show would have been a lot better if it didn’t take itself so seriously. As it stands, it often ends up being more melodrama than drama.

There are some sparks of brilliance, however. There’s a running subplot about the ghosts manipulating the townsfolk through hallucinations which becomes a major plot point near the end. To its credit, the show does use this effectively and while it isn’t exactly a major twist, it is still pretty gut-wrenching to watch the characters realise how badly they’ve been tricked.

Sadly, this doesn’t save the series as a whole from being more than just okay. It certainly doesn’t help that it ends on a cliff-hanger for a second season that will never come since it was cancelled shortly after release.


  1. When Ghost Wars was on SyFy 2 years ago, I looked forward to every Thursday evening for the next episode. It still stands out as such an original show! It always drew me in, and always surprised me. I’m not normally a horror fan at all, and the show was creepy and scary and sometimes gruesome, but it was also very human. The characters were written and acted with so much depth we believed they were real people. Watch Meat Loaf as Doug Rennie in episode 5 – some of the best acting I’ve seen on TV in a LONG time, and Vincent D’Onofrio in episode 4!

    The whole cast is great, and the story is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly funny in spots. Simon Barry is a very talented writer and director. I think this unique series should have had a second season, and I still miss it.


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