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1984 / Horror
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Directed by Gaylene Preston
Written by Gaylene Preston, Geoff Murphy and Graeme Tetley
Starring Heather Bolton, David Letch, Perry Piercy, Margaret Umbers and Danny Mulheron

Meg moves out of her parents' home and buys a beautiful old Jaguar in a bid for independence, but shortly thereafter, discovers a previous owner was killed in the vehicle, and the man who did it is now after Meg.

The following tags are associated with this movie: New Zealand, supernatural
Mr. Wrong (1984)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
At many points throughout the film, Mr. Wrong feels like a traditional ghost story, and I think that it's a feeling that works out pretty well, thought it doesn't leave me feeling utterly wowed.

This New Zealand flick might be a bit conventional at times, and you can certainly see the ending coming from some miles away, but it has that spooky vibe that works. Featuring a woman who isn't the generic beauty queen also helps out, and gives the film a somewhat more 'everyman's' feel.

Heather Bolton does a good job as the main character, and at times, I think one can really feel the terror she too feels. David Letch has a good, ominous presence, though I would have liked a bit more back-story regarding him.

The biggest detriment this film has is the fact that while it certainly has chills, it's extraordinarily light on actual kills. While I wasn't expecting any gore (which was good, as there's none to be found), I was hoping for a higher body count than what we actually got. Related, the movie occasionally feels as though it has a sluggish pace, and while there are really well-done and suspenseful sequences at times, it does drag a bit.

Still, if traditional ghost stories are your thing, then I think this would work out. It's certainly nothing overly special, but it's a very competently-made and compelling film, so if you can get behind the New Zealand accents, I'd give it a go. 7.5/10 (rounded down to 7/10 to fit site's format).
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