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Barry Bird (Christian Pawlowski) is the epitomy of a fanboy if there
ever was one, and as all the more accomplished fanboys do, Barry runs a
podcast on his favourite subject (yesteryear's horror movies) out of his
mum's bedroom. He's so caught up in horror actually that he doesn't even
begin to notice that his soundgirl Raike (Jennifer Verardi) couldn't give
a ratfart about horror but works on his show just because she adores him.
now Barry figures he has landed the biggest coup of his life, he has hired
fading stars (and ex-couple) Victor Brimstone (Anthony D.P. Mann) and Vera
Sunset (Sherri Paterson) to reunite on the set - a haunted house - of
their last movie together for a podcast celebrating the 25th anniversary
of that movie, Barry's all-time favourite, a little and more or less
forgotten straight-to-video shocker called The House Were Evil Was Born.
And he has also brought in a psychic, Amber (Jenny Costanzo), to perform a
seance to spice things up a little. However, things go downhill almost
straight away, not only do the former lovers start to bicker straight
away, both caught up in their fading careers, Amber also picks up way more
negative psychic energy ... and then Raike - who's a little too adamant
she doesn't believe in ghosts - starts seeing things that have their roots
in something that harks back to her childhood ... and suddenly, a child
murder from the 1970's (before The House Were Evil Was Born was
even shot) becomes a bit too current for comfort again ...
too much spectacle, Ghostkeepers is at the same time a subtle
satire on today's fanboy culture, hommage to yesteryear's horror (also via
Anthony D.P. Mann's self-consciously ham performance) and rather creepy
ghost story. And in the best of way's, it's a very old school horror film,
as it puts story and characters over effects and bloodbath, proper pacing
over spitfire editing to suggest excitment, and decent performers over
underwear models. And it does go for originality in its storyline rather
than following the same formula yet again.
In all, despite a low budget
this is pretty good genre entertainment and should be highly enjoyable
even to non genre fans.