WRAITHS OF ROANOKE
Wraiths of Roanoke is one treatment that takes a supernatural explanation (naturally). Its being made as a film for the Syfy Channel automatically gets one strike against it the Syfy Channel is such a degenerated beast with its cut-price monster and disaster movies that it feels hard to generate any enthusiasm when their name turns up on any product. The film is produced by Mark L. Lester and directed by Matt Codd, two notable offenders among this particular niche. (See below for eithers credits).
You do have to commend Wraiths of Roanoke as it has done its basic historical research and conducts an approximation of the facts of what happened the principal players (Ananias Dare, George Howe, governor John White, Ananiass daughter Virginia who was the first European born in the New World) are all named and there is the inclusion of details such as instructions to carve a Maltese Cross into a tree to give evidence if they encountered trouble. Less successful are the films approximation of the historical/social circumstances of the era. The settlers of Roanoke were all Puritans but religion and their cause of freedom is mentioned little in the film, except when it comes to the stock character of the priest (played by director/writer Terence H. Winkless, best known for the screenplay for The Howling (1980), among other works). Also the characters speak free of archaic colloquialism and tend to have more modern attitudes the women have their hair uncovered, for one than would have been accepted back in the era.
Unfortunately, Wraiths of Roanoke becomes less interesting when it introduces a horror element. The titular wraiths are simply figures that look like cut-price copies of the Dunwood dead in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and never seem to do anything interesting other than hover about spectrally and invade the camp to kill people every so often. Certainly, Matt Codd proves woeful at generating any haunted atmosphere out of their appearances. On the plus side, we do get to see some moderately gory meltdowns, but the film holds little in the way of tension in anything other than a processed, rudimentary way.
Matt Codd has mae a number of other low-budget films usually for the Sci-Fi/Syfy Channel with the likes of Epoch (2000), Shark Hunter (2001), Dragon Dynasty (2006), Morlocks (2011) and Super Eruption (2011).
Mark L. Lesters other films of genre interest as director are:- the Stephen King adaptation Firestarter (1984), the android schoolteachers action film Class of 1999 (1990), the psycho-thriller The Ex (1996), the hilarious psycho sperm donor film Misbegotten (1997), the psycho-thriller Sacrifice (2000), the monster movie Pterodactyl (2005), Groupie (2010) about murders on a bands comeback tour, the monster movie Poseidon Rex (2013) and the Arthurian adventure Dragons of Camelot (2014). Lester has also produced Devils Prey (2001), Instinct to Kill/The Perfect Husband (2001), Bad Karma/Hells Gate (2002), The Wisher (2002), Wraiths of Roanoke (2007), Yeti: Curse of the Demon (2008), Beauty and the Beast (2009), Jabberwocky (2011), Sinbad and the Minotaur (2011), Dragon Wasps (2012), Sand Sharks (2012), Jurassic Attack (2013) and Toxin (2015).