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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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Rated R for language, some drug content and violent images | See all certifications »
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$500,000 (estimated)
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Loan Shark: Throw that wee bitch over the fuckin' balcony!
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Divine Indifference
Written by Jerry Wellans
Performed by Sleeveless Hearts
Copyright 1996 Heartless Productions
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Pretty decent if unspectacular supernatural drama
14 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had a pretty nice time sitting down to this one last night though it wasn't great, and could definitely have achieved more. It tells of a teenage girl, guilt ridden after surviving an Ecstasy influenced car crash and trying to get on with with her poverty blighted life in a dingy Glasgow flat, with her single mother and little brother. Things start to turn for the worse though, when a poltergeist of sorts makes its presence felt, then of course there are other disruptive forces like loan sharks, an addled friend, a social worker, and various types who enter into things to explain or exploit the paranormal occurrences. The film is basically a sober kitchen sink drama with some supernatural trimmings, the title makes it sound like more of a genre piece than it really is, for it is some way from the average cinematic ghost story, at least as I imagine one. That is of course unless the title is symbolic and the ghost story of the title refers more to the characters carrying on scared and nearly alone having been abandoned by most conventional means of protection or support. Anyhoo, the ghostly aspect of the film is kept to a few subtle but occasionally pretty creepy scenes and one or two jolts, effectively handled and serious minded enough to have an OK impact. The film is driven more by the performances and luckily the two main actresses are more than up to the job. Heather Ann Foster is impressive, as contained as one might expect of a troubled and lonely teen girl, glum and hardened on the outside with a sense of inner desperation, whilst Stephanie Buttle is equally fine as her tough yet vulnerable and sympathetic mother, a turn that is for the most part effortlessly compelling. These two stars and their chemistry drive the film, even when it slows down they provide an effective force to draw the attentions. Support includes a bland Jason Connery as a new reporter and Nicola Stapleton flaky yet charming as a teen mother on a bad road. All this could make for a very good drama or conceivably be melded with supernatural aspects for a powerful film both meaningful and frightening, but I found its overall effect to be solid with a few fine spots, but not great. It doesn't do enough with its supernatural aspects and its social side is a bit too simplistic. Director Genevieve Joliffe does well with the low budget, crafting a neatly naturalistic but sporadically lyrical affair, but things could definitely have been sharper handled. Still, I had a decent enough time with this and would say its fairly worth a watch, commendable in its efforts just too slight to be really good.


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