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Ghostkeeper (1981)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  1981 (Canada)
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A group of three friends on a snowmobiling trip find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge isolated in the mountains. They discover that an old woman resides in the hotel, along with an evil entity that she is keeping in the basement.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Riva Spier ...
Jenny
Murray Ord ...
Marty
Sheri McFadden ...
Chrissy
Georgie Collins ...
Ghostkeeper
Les Kimber ...
Storekeeper
Bill Grove ...
Danny (as Billy Grove)
John MacMillan ...
Windigo
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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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Their ancestors spoke of the evil being that lived in the mountains. Too late they heeded their warning... See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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1981 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Ghost Keeper  »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Marty: I'm a lawyer. I'm in control.
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under-recognized little horror outing.
15 July 2003 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Poorly distributed(or unreleased) when the horror-film market was predominantly angled toward the slasher element, this low-key B effort is not bad at all, and should probably be reevaluated by genre fans.

A trio of young snowmobilers face mechanical problems deep in the forest, and happen upon a decrepit, isolated hunting lodge. Initially, they believe the place to be abandoned, but eventually find it inhabited by a strange old lady and her son...as well as their "pet" Wendigo(a spirit of Native American lore, ever hungry for human flesh).

While there's not a lot of meat on the bones of this story, a subtle, lurking eeriness makes up heartily for that fact. And while the production values are a step below par, GHOSTKEEPER methodically maintains the slow and steady momentum of a dying heartbeat, punctuated by it's lonely, foreboding atmosphere. All in all, a small-scale achievement which generally delivers.

6/10...recommended.


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