Friday, February 20, 2009

Death of a Ghost Hunter




It seems only appropriate since I'm a ghost hunter and doing some articles on ghostly movies, that I include an interesting find: "Death of a Ghost Hunter."

The leader of our local ghost hunting group turned me onto the making of this movie by locals. In fact, I believe it was filmed in Queen Creek or Mesa??? I love to support small moviemakers especially because my ghost hunting buddy and I always say that with me as a writer and her as an artist, we could make a better horror movie than the crap that's out there. We miss the really suspenseful elements of a good haunted house movie where you don't see the ghosts, don't know what they'll do next, and the tension that creates. So, when I heard about this movie, I pre-ordered it before I even saw it.

I'm glad I did.

It's a movie about a ghost investigator in a home with a dark past. It mixes the complications of lust and religiosity and gives you that "Legend of Hell House" feel.

I didn't expect much from local actors/writer/director, but wow! I was pleasantly surprised. So many times I wander the aisle of the video store and pick up any horror movie with a cool cover only to watch 5 minutes and toss it back in the return bin.

This is not one of those small films.


What I really appreciated about this film was the feel of a ghost hunt. Anyone who's ever been on a good hunt knows this is how it goes down and how it feels as far as finding evidence. Some of the evidence gives you the same chills you'd get on the case when reviewing film or audio. In that way, it felt like "Poltergeist" or "The Changeling."

It has a twist ending that is something I've waited for in a ghost hunting movie. Not really like "The Others" but kind of reminiscent of it in its impact.

I really think you should seek this one out. I doubt you'll find it at the video store, but if you can get it online or used online, do so. I was impressed with the kinds of phenomenon and the tension and a few creative twists like the "God box." You'll see. It's pretty cool.

I hope these guys keep making movies. I think they're onto something.

5 comments:

  1. Oooh! What a great idea for a movie!!! That sounds awesome.

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  2. Hey!

    You know I watched this movie as well about a month or so ago. I have to say I didn't really like it very much. I thought it definitely had some moments of being a little creepy, and had a great idea. For me though, I just don't think it came together as well as I was hoping for. I don't think it was a bad movie by any means...just not what I was hoping for.

    --Mike--

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  3. I totally understand that observation. I think what was so exciting about it for me was the moments when they got evidence and played it back. It was so much like being in the field and the feelings you get when you find something extraordinary, but all in all the plot needed some help, as well as some of the acting. I keep hoping someone can take elements from different movies, like the creepiness of "Dead Silence" mixed with the haunting of "The Changeling." No one seems to bring it all together, but as a ghost hunter, I do recommend seeing this film, there's so few ones that show the profession as it occurs.

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  4. I definitely agree that the movie did a good job with the "evidence" portions, but it absolutely needed some help with story and acting lol. I'm a total movie nerd, and I sadly observe these things.

    I agree too that they need to find a good balance of other films to make a truly great ghost movie. That movie, "Paranormal Activity" seems very promising, but there is no release date yet...

    --Mike--

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  5. Yeah, my ghost hunting buddy is waiting for "A Haunting in Connecticut" theatrical version to come out. I hope they don't hose it up because that episode of the show "A Haunting" was very good. If you like to stay up-to-date on horror, I usually go to www.upcominghorromovies.com

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