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Ghost Keeper (1982)

Ghostkeeper (original title)
Three friends on a New Year's Eve snowmobiling excursion find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge where the elderly female innkeeper is concealing a sinister secret.

Director:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk)

Writers:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk), Doug MacLeod (as Douglas MacLeod)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Riva Spier Riva Spier ... Jenny
Murray Ord Murray Ord ... Marty
Sheri McFadden Sheri McFadden ... Chrissy
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Ghostkeeper
Les Kimber ... Storekeeper
Bill Grove Bill Grove ... Danny (as Billy Grove)
John MacMillan John MacMillan ... Windigo
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Storyline

A trio of friends on a snowmobiling trip in the Canadian rockies become lost after venturing up a trail during a snowstorm. They stumble upon a seemingly abandoned hotel lodge and decide to spend the night, unaware of the grave danger that they have put themselves in. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

SPINE-CHILLING SUSPENSE! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1982 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Keeper See more »

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Budget:

CAD750,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Badland Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Jim Makichuk the film's money started to run out when the movie was only half shot, so rather than cancel the production altogether he decided to abandon the remaining script and make things up as he went along, hoping to at least retain the film's creepy atmosphere. He said this explains the released film's rather uneven, incoherent second half and sparse use of the plot's monster. See more »

Quotes

Marty: Some authentic country rustic. When's the whittlin' start?
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Alternate Versions

An alternate introduction was filmed two years after the movie's completion by its distributors. The scene shows a young man running through the woods away from the hotel, who is then stabbed with a wooden stake against a tree. This alternate introduction appeared on some home video releases in Europe and Canada. The alternate introduction is not featured on the 1986 U.S. VHS release of "GHOSTKEEPER" from 'New World Video'. See more »

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Good setting, bad plot
15 June 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

Ghostkeeper is not as good as others would have you believe. It does have a beautiful and creepy setting, and the film itself is rather creepy, but in a rather fake way. This is achieved mainly through the use of music, and whilst this is effective for the first 30 minutes or so, you get a bit sick of hearing the same music over and over.

I think this film could have been a whole lot better. You can see the potential whilst watching it, and within the first 30 minutes I had figured out several ways it could have been better. The plot is where everything falls apart. It's really about nothing much at all. The ending is a bit of a surprise, but is so shallow that you think "jeez, that's what this film has been building up to?" Despite the excellent setting, I can't really recommend Ghostkeeper. It's like a very poor mans version of The Shining. If slow pace, creepy atmosphere yet lack of plot is your thing, you may enjoy this, but otherwise I would skip it.


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