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The spirit world is about to be rocked...
This IMAX 3D film follows a young musician, Johnny, as he explores his mysterious new home bequeathed to him by his deceased mother. Johnny quickly finds that something is amiss as ghosts and the devil himself welcome him home. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jasper Steverlinck ... Johnny (voice)
Kyoko Baertsoen ... The Mother

Harry Shearer ... Mr. D / Mephisto (voice)

Directed by
Ben Stassen 
Writing credits
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Kurt Frey  additional dialogue
Ben Stassen 

Produced by
Charlotte Huggins .... producer (as Charlotte Clay Huggins)
Ben Stassen .... executive producer
Caroline Van Iseghem .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Kommer Kleijn 
Film Editing by
Ben Stassen 
Art Direction by
Anthony Huerta 
Costume Design by
Karen DeWolf 
Production Management
Rick Gordon .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Philippe Baudhuin .... re-recording mixer
Vincent Debast .... sound designer
Vincent Debast .... supervising sound editor
Fred Demolder .... sound editor
Paul-François Fontigny .... sound
Pierre Lebecque .... sound designer
Yves Renard .... sound designer
Yves Renard .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Kommer Kleijn .... visual effects cinematographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Christophe Delinaoumis .... assistant camera
Philippe de Smet .... key grip
François Zeegers .... gaffer
Animation Department
Jos Claesen .... key animator
Kris de Boeck .... key animator
Olivier De Cafmeyer .... key animator
Jeremy Degruson .... key animator (as Jeremie Degruson)
Jean-Philippe Francis .... key animator
Roland Franck .... key animator
Anthony Huerta .... key animator
Peter Segers .... animator
Yvan Verhoeven .... key animator
Editorial Department
John Daro .... colorist
Annie Toth .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Joel Labby .... technical manager
Pierre Marteel .... intern
Tim Mendler .... assistant stereographer
Jan Morrison .... production accountant
Maxime Richir .... intern

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Rated PG for some frightening sensations and horror images
Spain:40 min | USA:38 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Impressive, often beautiful, but lacking in depth, 16 March 2001
Author: gliddonp from Toronto (Ontario)

After reading of the disagreements between IMAX and the producers, I decided that the film simply *had* to be seen, if for no other reason than the support of free artist endeavour, unfettered by the dictates of the machinery used to present it. The visual aesthetics of current 3D projection technology were also a strong drawing point.

First, the up side. Much of the film is computer-generated, usually quite obviously so, but this detracts very little from the beauty of the images on the screen. By way of introduction, the film begins with the viewer flying over a vast expanse of seascape and hillside, circling an ominous castle...getting ever closer and closer. This echo of early Imax films (i.e. North of Superior) is highly effective as a means to draw the viewer into the world subsequently created. The illusion of depth and solidity is maintained, and increased, throughout this rather short offering by clever viewpoints, slow panning and circling, and the creation of interior spaces and movements that had some of the audience gasping in discomfort, yet loving the "ride". Textures were sumptuous, perspectives both nightmarish and realistic, though the meshing of computer-generated surroundings and human actor(s) was somewhat disconnected or abstract at points. The 3D effect was never lost, though oft-times had a cartoonish quality to it. The music was geared to a 15-25 year-old audience, with some of it having an unearthly beauty that sent shivers along my spine.

The disturbing images are inadvertently humourous, lacking even the "horror punch" present in everyday hellfire-and-brimstone preaching, letalone the creepy-crawly quality present in "Nightmare Before Christmas".

The down side? The plot isn't much, characters lack depth, and trite philosophy underlies much of the dialogue on the screen. The technology is barely tolerable, with rather heavy eyegear needed to complete the illusions of visual depth. Watching three hours with this equipment on one's head would be physically painful, if not impossible. Though I soon adapted to the equipment I had to move my head, rather than my eyes, to look at different sections of the screen, in order to avoid a disconcerting strobing effect. This is hardly "ergonomic".

All in all, worth seeing as an almost-spectacular demonstration of a technology in its primitive stages of development, and a visual genre still in formation. More will come our way, and further refinements will no doubt amaze us in years to come.

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