Ghost Light – USA, 2018

‘A horrifying comedy

Ghost Light is a 2018 American dark comedy horror feature film directed by John Stimpson (The Legend of Lucy Keyes) from a screenplay co-written with producer Geoffrey Taylor. The movie stars Cary Elwes, Danielle Campbell, Shannyn Sossamon

Nothing is more sacred to true Shakespearian actors than “The Scottish Play,” which demands a deep reverence to always be exhibited both onstage and off during a performance. Except the reverence from ennui-engulfed Tom Riley is a bit lacking, to say the least. He’s in love with the beautiful Liz Beth, wife of pompous ham Alex Pankhurst.

Liz and Alex are playing—respectively—Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in the small stage production they’re preparing for their local New England theatre. And Liz loves Tom back. Also: Tom wants to play Macbeth. Their underfoot co-stars make it almost impossible to be alone, until Tom decides that the Scottish Curse so oft mentioned by actors is just baloney. That’s when the witches, ghosts and murder-mayhem really get started and Tom, Liz Beth and everyone else, find themselves trapped in a stage play nightmare…

Reviews:

” …an enjoyable horror/comedy that taught me quite a bit about Shakespeare as well as the curse surrounding Macbeth. Though I could easily see this film not being everyone’s cup of tea, I would still recommend it to those who are looking for a unique horror film that doesn’t just rely on bloodshed and carnage.” Shannon M., Nightmarish Conjurings

Ghost Light mirrors a forgotten play to film that I love from the early 90’s called Noises Off… which I’ve always thought of as an underrated gem. One of my favorite characters to see in film is a group of thespians playing versions of themselves because they already know the type so well. The tragedy of Macbeth is the perfect setting to let your actors do what they do best, entertain.” Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Cary Elwes … Alex Pankhurst – Don’t Sleep; A Haunting in Cawdor; Hansel and Gretel Get BakedSaw; Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Danielle Campbell … Juliet Miller
  • Shannyn Sossamon … Liz Beth Stevens – Sleepy Hollow TV series; Sinister 2; One Missed Call
  • Carol Kane … Madeline Styne – Vampirina TV series; Ava’s Possessions; Office Killer; Addams Family Values; PandemoniumWhen a Stranger Calls and sequel; The Mafu Cage
  • Tom Riley … Thomas Ingram – ExtinctionInside No.9Return to House on Haunted Hill 
  • Roger Bart … Henry Asquith – Bayou Tales; Excision; The Midnight Meat Train; Hostel Part II
  • Scott Adsit … Archie MacIntosh
  • Steve Tom … Elliot Wadsworth
  • Ken Cheeseman … George Pitard
  • Caroline Portu … Annabel Anderson
  • Jason Mulcahy … Macduff
  • Sheldon Best … Troy Mattson
  • Liliane Klein … Eloise Levesque
  • Maureen Keiller … Late Eloise
  • Zele Avradopoulos … Edna Levesque

Trivia:

This movie should not be confused with Ghostlight (2013)

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