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When Paul, an unemployed writer, decides to rent and live in a house that's rumored to be haunted, he puts his life and his relationships in grave danger as he obsessively attempts to get the story that will finally make his career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stephen Twardokus ... Paul

Liesel Kopp ... Stella

Jon Gale ... Skip

Wendy Haines ... Sue
Cain Clifton ... Sam
Maureen McElroy ... Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shane Cole ... Ghost
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Directed by
Derek Cole 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Twardokus  written by

Produced by
Derek Cole .... executive producer
Derek Cole .... producer
Jon Gale .... executive producer
Jon Gale .... producer
Stephen Twardokus .... executive producer
Stephen Twardokus .... producer
Original Music by
H. Anton Riehl 
Cinematography by
Derek Cole 
Film Editing by
Derek Cole 
Stephen Twardokus 
Casting Department
Jon Gale .... casting
Music Department
Kevin MacLeod .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Mike Justice .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Revenant" - USA (original title)
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95 min
Color | Color (HD)

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
It wasn't that bad actually..., 16 August 2013
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

Well, "Revenant" (aka "An American Ghost Story") isn't likely to knock "Poltergeist" of the throne in the haunting/ghost genre. So was it a bad movie? No, I wouldn't exactly call it bad, I would merely call it mediocre and rather uneventful compared to other movies in the haunting/ghost genre.

The story in "Revenant" is about a couple moving into an allegedly haunted house where a man killed his wife, his children and then taking his own life. There is an oppressive tension in the house as they spend their first night there. Slowly, but gradually, more things start to happen, and as the events escalates, it becomes too much for Stella (played by Liesel Kopp) and she leaves Paul (played by Stephen Twardokus) in the house alone. Determined to research into the subject more thoroughly for his book, Paul starts to get into contact with the spirits that is haunting the house.

For a haunting/ghost movie there weren't really anything overly impressive about the movie. There were no dazzling CGI effects. Sure, this was a fairly low budget, and I will say that director Derek Cole actually managed to pull it off quite nicely with the budget. The effects were actually quite good, despite not being those dazzling CGI effects. I especially enjoyed the scene with the bed sheet where Paul was trying to find the haunt in the living room.

There were some good shocks in the movie, not because they were ghastly or creepy, but because they were nicely timed with the build up and the music/sound effects. You will not be scared senseless after having seen the movie, but your heart will skip a beat or two along the way.

Storywise, then "Revenant" wasn't particularly impressive, and it did survive given the build up of suspense and thrills with some great climatic shocks, and also a good music score. But storywise, then it was generic and stereotypical for the haunting/ghost genre.

As far as character build and development goes, then this movie only concentrated about the Paul character. Stella came and went in the blink of an eye, and I wonder how come she didn't call Paul back as she said she would. I was waiting for her to return throughout the entire movie. But she just didn't do so.

And if you are in a haunted house and spooky things are happening around you, why don't you just use common sense and turn on the light in the room? But no, apparently the Paul character didn't possess that kind of logical thinking, better to stumble around in the darkness when there was a malignant entity in the house as well. That just makes sense.

"Revenant" is good fun for an evening where you watch some ghost movies, however, the movie just doesn't have the contents to support more than a single viewing.

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