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Ghost Town (1988)

A modern-day deputy tracks an abducted girl to a ghost town, and the spirits of the past who took her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franc Luz ...
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Kate
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
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Blacksmith
Blake Conway ...
Harper
Laura Schaefer ...
Etta
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Bubba
Ken Kolb ...
Ned
Will Hannah ...
Billy
Henry Kendrick ...
Weasel (as Henry Max Kendrick)
James Oscar Lee ...
Jake
Charles Robert Harden ...
Tomas
Edward Gabel ...
Cletus
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Storyline

Deputy Langley tracks a kidnapped girl to an abandoned ghost town. However, the town is not abandoned, but haunted by the spirits of an outlaw, Devlin, and his gang, who hold the equally deceased townspeople hostage until the outlaws can be killed by a lawman. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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The good. The bad. The Satanic.

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Action | Horror | Western

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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A Cidade Fantasma  »

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Trivia

Constant changes to the script caused Richard McCarthy to walk off the set two weeks before principal photography was completed, which forced cinematographer Mac Ahlberg to take over as director. See more »

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Towards the beginning of the film, when Langley kneels down and picks up a handful of sand, you can clearly see the reflection of camera equipment in his sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Dealer: Time is all we got in Cruz Del Diablo. Your future will wait 'til you get there. It's the past you can't do anything about.
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Connections

References Crawlspace (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I am The Hunted
Written by Paul Sabu, Neil Citron & Bryant Markovitch
Performed by Swift Kick
Published by Jungle Boy Music, BMI.
Surrounded by Italians, BMI.
Markovitch Entertainment Group, BMI.
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Neat combination of the horror and Western genres.
13 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Deputy Langley (Franc Luz) picks up the trail of Kate (Catherine Hickland), a runaway bride. Soon, he finds out that she has been abducted by otherworldly forces. He ends up in strange territory, in a century old town that has been cursed for a long, long time. Langley, a fairly unflappable man who adjusts rather well to bizarre circumstances, realizes that he will have to be the one who frees this town of its curse. To do this, he will avenge the long ago sheriff, Harper (Blake Conway), by taking on psychotic, undead outlaw Devlin (Jimmie F. Skaggs) and his minions.

"Ghost Town" bucks the odds to rank as above average for Empire Films product. While some movies from this company are really no more than goofy fun, this one can be taken quite seriously. It benefits a lot from a script (by Duke Sandefur, based on a story by original director David Schmoeller) that is actually not overly predictable from scene to scene. The scenario may test the patience of some, with extended footage devoted to Langley stumbling through his surroundings and taking his bearings, but those who stick it out are rewarded with the perennially strange atmosphere of "Ghost Town". The visual effects are actually nicely done, with a juicy amount of gore as well and some effective makeup on Devlin. The extremely prolific Mac Ahlberg was the cinematographer, and Harvey Cohen composed the eerie score.

Luz is a personable lead, and he's well supported by lovely ladies Hickland, Penelope Windust as barmaid Grace, and Laura Schaefer as the young Etta, as well as an enigmatic Bruce Glover as the "dealer", Zitto Kazann as the blacksmith, and Michael Alldredge as Sheriff Bubba. The standout performance is by Skaggs, who appears to be having a good time as the creepy nemesis.

If you're a fan of '80s genre movies, this is a modestly enjoyable sleeper worthy of discovery.

Seven out of 10.


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