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Chasing the Ghost

USA 2022
produced by
Sonia Renee Miller, A.W. Canada (executive), Dennis L. Reed II (executive), Tennille Taraszkiewicz (executive) for Dennis L. Reed II Productions, Tennille T. Productions
directed by Matthew Santia
starring Dan Pesta, Solo Lucci, Nicole Alexander, Kayden Bryce, Alphonso Settles, Grover McCants, Mavin Tramble, Tennille Taraszkiewicz, Todd Calvin De Pew, Antonio Tino Lewis, Sarah Evalt, Calhoun Koenig, Kaamel Hasaun, Chiquita Parker, Brian Heintz, Eddie Coppolla Kane, Tyler Rich, Tonja Brown, Quentin Sharpe, Tanika Boone, Mike Tremblay, Solanki Ray
written by Matthew Santia, Todd Calvin De Pew

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Clay (Dan Pesta) feels a little too stressed out at his job as an anesthesist, so he starts starts using cocaine, just to keep awake at all hours of day and night - and that causes him to lose a patient who came in for nothing more than routine surgery. He somehow manages to get out of this scot-free, but soon is paid a visit by mysterious Dion (Solo Lucci), who offers to grant him a wish - and as he has nothing better on his mind, he wishes half-jokingly to remain high all the time. But as he has no interest in playing back Dion for this wish-fulfillment, Dion turns the wish into a curse, and now Clay has to stay high all the time, otherwise those he loves will die, one by one. This alone is hard enough, but even harder is, his family sends him to Angel's (Tennille Taraszkiewicz) rehab clinic, where drugs are hard to come by, and soon enough those around him start to die, from his best friend (Alphonso Settles) to his wife's (Nicole Alexander) father (Grover McCants) to his own brother (Todd Calvin De Pew). And it slowly dawns upon Clay that Dion's curse is more real that he ever could have suspected - and worse, he's pretty sure his wife and daughter (Kayden Bryce) are next ...


A pretty cool piece of horror cinema, as it's based on a pretty unusual premise that really borrows from a lot of other genre, from anti-drug drama to pure fantasy, and rolls everything into something quite original, up to its pretty surprising ending. And a cast of colourful characters embodied by a very able cast, and a subtle directorial effort really carry this movie and turn this into a quite satisfying genre trip.

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