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Ghost Fever (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | 27 March 1987 (USA)
Two policeman are sent on a routine assignment to serve an eviction notice. It becomes anything but run-of-the-mill when they become involved in the ghostly happenings.

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Terrible Tucker
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Two policeman are sent on a routine assignment to serve an eviction notice. It becomes anything but run-of-the-mill when they become involved in the ghostly happenings. Written by Stuart Jackson <sjackson@yarrow.wt.com.au>

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Sherman Hemsley is a big city cop hot on the trail of the ghosts too bad to be busted. See more »

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Shot in 1985 not released until 1987, after extensive re-shooting and re-editing, resulting in director Lee Madden demanding that his name be removed from the credits. It was, replaced by the fictional "Alan Smithee". See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Zombies on Broadway (2017) See more »

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Feet Of The Pony
Music by Randall Rumage and James Hart
Lyrics by Sandy Sherman
Vocal by James Carnelli
Produced by James Hart
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"We're cops. Danger is our business."
21 June 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Alan Smithee strikes again. Yes, after watching "Ghost Fever" you'll see why this popular pseudonym (in placed for Lee Madden) was used. "Ghost Fever" is very corny and boisterous, but a very misguided slapstick low-budget horror comedy with little in the way laughs, but filled with constant annoyance and stupidity in the sketches. Well actually, I was somewhat amused by it. Not that I found it funny, but at least it didn't bore me. I guess that's got to count for something. Two cops, Buford and Benny are sent to a supposedly rundown southern plantation to evict the residents of the Victorian mansion. However to their surprise the occupants happen to be ghosts and they have no intention of leaving. Story-wise it's a slight, farcical and chaotic sideshow. There's not much of a story thread, as it's a one-idea joke with randomly staged set-pieces looking for nothing more than a laugh and to set-up the very next out-there, if clichéd haunted house situation to help move the film forward. But some things which do happen at the back-end, feel breezy and spontaneous with no real thought behind it but to simply to throw it out there. A vampire, zombies and a boxing match finds its way in the make up. Sherman Hemsley and Luis Avalos in the leads are comically silly in a very forced manner, but mildly agreeable. Also turning up is Myron Healey, Jennifer Rhodes and a cameo role for boxer Joe Frazier. The production looks cheap, as the special effects are gawky and filled with colourful lights to go along with the exaggeratedly decorated direction. Some moments do manage to install a bit of atmosphere. Plus you gotta love that catchy theme song.

"We dead people sure know how to live."


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