‘The dead never sleep…’
Ghostlight – aka Ghosthouse – is a 2013 American supernatural horror feature film written, produced, edited and directed by Jeff Ferrell (Holiday Hell; Dead West). The Morella Films production stars Brian Sutherland, Lisa Coronado, Dennis Kleinsmith and Russel Hodgkinson.
Andrew (Brian Sutherland) wins a radio contest to spend one night alone in a haunted theatre on the 80th anniversary of the bloody murder/suicide that occurred within its walls. His prize: $50,000. His task: To spend twelve hours alone inside. The catch: The theatre has been reportedly haunted ever since the tragedy 80 years ago, and has been plagued by a series of mysterious deaths in the years since.
As Andrew is locked inside the theatre for the night, the ghosts and secrets of its past begin to reveal themselves to him…
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” …Jeff Ferrell and company put forth a sincere effort to make a classy ghost story. They come close enough to deliver a respectable production, although it is one that doesn’t have enough polish to earn a recommendation. From minor slips like a crew person’s errant hand reflected in a mirror to bigger gaffes in over-emphasized line readings, the component parts of Ghostlight are unable to achieve the broader goals that the movie has.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“The story offers nothing revolutionary or that novel but it just goes to show how the simplicity of darkness, shadows, and the possibility of silence being interrupted by things other than the building settling are still the basic requirements to get the imagination – of the protagonist and the viewer – working overtime.” Eric Cotenas, DVD Beaver
“The tone was almost too serious and melodramatic at times, especially when showing scenes with the current theater owner, Gideon Black (Dennis Kleinsmith), making it a little dicey […] It would have been much more believable had it been shot on film. Ghostlight was TOO clean that it lost a lot of the spook factor.” Horror Movies Uncut
“Ghostlight doesn’t try to break new ground in the genre but delivers its share of atmospheric chills once our hero gets down to business inside the theater of death. The style is strong enough that it’s tempting to wish they’d shot this on film rather than digital video, as much darker, inky blacks could have turned this into a truly unnerving experience.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
“There are a couple of slow spots and a couple of spots where, yeah, that low budget is obvious, but the bulk of Ghostlight not only works but it works very well. The really strong cinematography, fantastic location work and obvious dedication of its cast more than compensate for the film’s shortcomings and this proves to be a low budget ghost story worth seeking out.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!
Cast and characters:
- Brian Sutherland … Andrew
- Lisa Coronado … Mira
- Dennis Kleinsmith … Mr. Black
- Russell Hodgkinson … Bob
- Eden Campbell … Emma
- Ramona Freeborn … Madeline
- David Crellin … Reginald
- Jeff Farrell … Eddie
Image credits: Horror Movies Uncut