Two lonely figures are bought together by ghostly disturbances in a Sussex guest house. Charlie, the ghosthunter, and a widower for two years is searching for the contact with his wife that will release his melancholy since her death. He now feels it's his duty to help the transition of lost spirits. His methods are very simple and it is perhaps this informal approach that lead many to underestimate and doubt him. Charlie takes any criticism in his stride, if asked to help he will, otherwise he is content to be left alone. Sarah, the researcher, compelled to find her own purpose in life, investigates the myths surrounding a small village. Invariably driven to uncover the facts, she ploughs through the rumours and superstition surrounding a sinister group that operated in the village around the turn of the century. Their respective journeys bring them together as Charlie recognizes something of his own unhappiness in Sarah. The spiritualist and the factualist who together uncover the ... Written by
With a cast boasting such stalwarts as Frank Finlay and shot under the watchful eye of Freddie Francis, Ghosthunter is not only graced with class acting and a strong visual style but also benefits from a memorable and considered soundtrack.
Given the constraints of the short film genre, notoriously underfunded, under-resourced and shot to cruelly tight deadlines, Ghosthunter sets a style and pace others would do well to learn from.
As a first film, Simon Corris has chosen the subject matter well, the traditional Gothic Ghost Story (always popular) with a contemporary twist. The direction is assured and tight, lingering when appropriate, not because he likes the shot!
But what is equally impressive is the list of actors, technicians and support he, along with producer Alison Reddihough (also credited as screenwriter), have been able to bring on board to the project.
If there are any criticisms it would be to do with the length, I fond myself wanting to know much more of the overall story, but then again, this bodes well for a sequel, or should that be prequel?
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