Horror fans should rush to see the awesome TV show Ghost Wars which, for some reason, the SYFY channel has chosen not to promote very much (I only discovered it by accident but for me it was a true find).
“Set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, the series focuses on local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all.” (Wikipedia)
While the show is not an action-packed 45 mins of thrills and chills, it is a slow-burn chiller whose interim small-town soap opera is interesting enough to carry you until the ghostly hauntings take place. But what I find most interesting is that this show has at its center a male protagonist which as we all know is “the unicorn” of supernatural fare.
Canadian shows (specifically those on Syfy) are very strong supporters of the female empowerment agenda so it’s a rare thing indeed when the powered savior is not a woman. But don’t get me wrong: Ghost Wars has its fair share of female empowerment tropes in the form of the town’s lesbian mayor (Luvia Petersen) and her doctor wife (the beautiful Kristin Lehmann) — and of course their two daughters. There’s also the super-smart scientist (personal favorite Kandyse McClure), the single mom mortician (Sharon Taylor), the saloon owner wife (Sonja Bennett), and eventually the powerful CEO (Caramel Amit) who wants to exploit the town and its troubles.
But these strong female characters are blended in to a cast that – believe it or not – is largely populated with Stephen King-type male characters who balance out nicely. Chief among these is fanfave Vincent D’Onofrio (Marvel‘s Daredevil) as the town’s troubled but still-very-devout priest and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) sails in as the smuggler brother of the mayor (both of whom have drama of their own). Finally, a very aged Meat Loaf (the actor, not the dinner) rounds out the cast as the angry dad of a dead daughter whose death is one of the story’s many mysteries.
All in all, I found Ghost Wars to be a very easy binge, and am looking forward to a second season. I highly recommend it.