DVD Release: May 3, 2016


Newspaper reporter Jacob Harker (Rob Boltin) loses his job, forcing he and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards), to move into a small rental house owned by Webster Cain (Michael Monks). In the process of moving in, Jacob discovers a discarded audio recording of 60’s blues singer Carol James (Hannah Hughes). Captivated by the voice on the recording, Jacob conducts an investigation into Carol James’ life and death.

Through his pursuit, Jacob becomes haunted by an evil spirit. While the spirit seductively persuades Jacob, drawing him deeper and deeper into its own malicious plot, the spirit attacks and terrorizes Haley, creating both fear and distrust in the Harker’s home. Haley sees her husband turning into someone less recognizable each day.

Dove Review

“Awakened” is a suspenseful and creepy film about a man who believes he sees the ghost of a dead singer in the house he and his wife have rented. This story gives a biblical explanation regarding “ghosts”: The local pastor perceives that a demon is tormenting a man, not the “ghost” of the dead woman.

Carol James (Hannah Hughes) was a blues singer who passed away in 1965. Flashbacks show her large talent as she performs in local bars. Jake Harker (Rob Boltin) and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards), rent the home from landlord Webster Kane (Michael Monks), and Jake later learns that Kane had a relationship with the dead singer. The whole dilemma starts when Jake finds a reel-to-reel tape in the basement. He buys a used player to listen to it and hears Carol’s haunting voice. Soon, the out-of-work reporter is spending more and more time listening to the tape and having conversations with Carol. More details are revealed, including the way Carol died, in the rain in an accident in her car. The film reveals that Kane had been with her before she drove off. Does that mean anything?

Haley begins attending church and seeks out the pastor’s help. He guides Haley in dealing with the spirit biblically, and she hopes to see Jake set free before it is too late and the demonic powers destroy him. The pastor, referring to Jake, says God has a way of “awakening” us in His time. We are awarding this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. “Awakened” makes clear that spiritual forces are at work, but God’s side is the winning side!

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between a husband and wife.
Language: None
Violence: A man grabs a woman by her shoulders; a gun is held on man, and man is hit with gun; man is slapped and tied up and gagged.
Drugs: A woman smokes; bar scenes and drinking.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; woman seen in T-shirt with straps; woman in shorts, and her thighs are visible.
Other: Man plays the song of a dead woman on tape and begins to believe he is conversing with her and seeing her; woman sees "outline" of a woman under bed sheets; tension between husband and wife when she gets a raise while he is out of work; tattoo on man's shoulder; a comment about a person being superstitious; noise in the house and the lights go out; a photo on the wall slips and goes crooked and then falls and breaks; a voice tells a man that another man "needs to suffer" and asks him to "kill him"; a hint that a dead woman once had an abortion.


Company: Word Films
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter