Release Date: 2/24/23; Netflix
Running Time: 126 mins.
Director: Christopher Landon
Studio(s): Legendary Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Netflix.
Cast: Jahi Winston (Kevin Presley), Anthony Mackie (Frank Presley), Erica Ash (Melanie Presley), Niles Fitch (Fulton Presley), David Harbour (Ernest), Isabella Russo (Joy Yoshino), Tig Notaro (Dr. Leslie Monroe), Steve Coulter (Deputy Director Arnold Schipley).
Story: Seeking a fresh start in Chicago, the Presley family moves into a dusty fixer-upper but they soon realize the house comes with a catch: a ghost in the attic named Ernest. Despite Ernest’s attempts at scaring teenage son Kevin, the detached, music-obsessed teen soon finds a kindred spirit in this trapped soul from the ’70s and commits to helping him. Meanwhile, Kevin’s affable-yet-harsh father Frank looks to cash in on Ernest by turning him into a social media sensation. When Frank’s video of Ernest goes viral and captures the world’s attention, the family lands on the radar of Dr. Leslie Monroe, a washed-up paranormal scientist who alerts her old boss, the Deputy Director of the CIA, restarting a clandestine program aimed at capturing a ghost. As crowds, reporters, and government agents descend upon the Presley home, it’s up to Kevin and his sharp-witted, fellow outcast neighbor Joy to break Ernest out, uncover the mysteries of his past, and bring him the closure he needs before it’s too late. Source: IMDB/Netflix.