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Urban Ghost Story (1998)

R | | Drama, Horror | November 2000 (USA)
After a car accident, Lizzie lies dead on the roadside - slowly she is taken into the light - but is pulled back to earth when she is revived by the doctors. Lizzie feels sure that during ... See full summary »
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John Fox
Stephanie Buttle ...
Kate Fisher
Heather Ann Foster ...
Lizzie Fisher
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Kerrie
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Minister
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Mrs. Ash
Siri Neal ...
Social Worker (as Siri O'Neal)
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Quinn
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Kenneth Bryans ...
Mr. Ash
Carolyn Bonnyman ...
Mrs. Miller
Alan Owen ...
Alex Fisher
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Coroner (as Stephen MacDonald)
Julie Austin ...
Teacher
Nicola Greene ...
WPC Tomkins
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After a car accident, Lizzie lies dead on the roadside - slowly she is taken into the light - but is pulled back to earth when she is revived by the doctors. Lizzie feels sure that during the 184 seconds that she lay dead, something latched on to her and came back into her world. The nightmares and visions that follow only crystallize her belief that she should have died in the crash... Then the disturbances start, at first merely tappings and bad smells - but soon the activity escalates. Lizzie seems to be the focus, but according to others, she's just playing games for attention. Only when Kate, her mother, is confronted with inexplicable events does she face the possibility that they may be the victims of a poltergeist infestation. Written by Anonymous

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She should be dead, now she wishes she was...

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for language, some drug content and violent images | See all certifications »
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November 2000 (USA)  »

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Ghost Story  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Loan Shark: Throw that wee bitch over the fuckin' balcony!
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Vesti La Giubba
from "I Pagliacci"
Composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Licensed from Electrosound - Selected Sound Carrier
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Boo!
5 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Film-making duo Jones & Jolliffe deliver bleak and spooky visions in modern day Blighty with this inspired tale of the supernatural.

A winning cast plays out the story of a 12 year-old girl haunted by survivor's guilt after living through a horrific car accident that claimed her best friend. The guilty conscience coincides with subtle but decidedly ethereal events in the family's rundown, government subsidized building. Is a ghost haunting the family or is there a corporeal explanation for furniture going bump in the night?

The film looks startling realistic which heightens the goose flesh when the boo shocks come (especially in the first 25 minutes) but the film doesn't settle for scares, it also examines the real world struggles of a single mother and her brood facing down to earth skepticism of money lenders, social workers and the police. Some viewers may be put off when the film neglects ghostly activity in favor of character study, and perhaps some of the tone shifts are unwieldy, nonetheless this is one of the best (and painfully overlooked by US distributors) British genre films since DOG SOLDIERS. Bravo.


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