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Ghost Town (1988)

A modern-day deputy tracks an abducted girl to a ghost town, and the spirits of the past who took her.

Directors:

Richard McCarthy (as Richard Governor), Mac Ahlberg (uncredited)

Writers:

Duke Sandefur, David Schmoeller (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franc Luz ... Langley
Catherine Hickland ... Kate
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Devlin
Penelope Windust ... Grace
Bruce Glover ... Dealer
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Blacksmith
Blake Conway Blake Conway ... Harper
Laura Schaefer ... Etta
Michael Alldredge ... Bubba
Ken Kolb Ken Kolb ... Ned
Will Hannah Will Hannah ... Billy
Henry Kendrick ... Weasel (as Henry Max Kendrick)
James Oscar Lee James Oscar Lee ... Jake
Charles Robert Harden Charles Robert Harden ... Tomas
Edward Gabel Edward Gabel ... Cletus
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Storyline

Deputy Langley tracks a kidnapped girl to an abandoned ghost town. However, the town is not abandoned, but haunted by the spirits of an outlaw, Devlin, and his gang, who hold the equally deceased townspeople hostage until the outlaws can be killed by a lawman. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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The good. The bad. The Satanic.

Genres:

Action | Horror | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Fantasma See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Schmoeller was originally set to direct. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the film, when Langley kneels down and picks up a handful of sand, you can clearly see the reflection of camera equipment in his sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Dealer: Time is all we got in Cruz Del Diablo. Your future will wait 'til you get there. It's the past you can't do anything about.
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release was cut by 25 seconds in order to reduce violence. Only in 2018 the uncut version was released. See more »

Connections

References Mutant (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I am The Hunted
Written by Paul Sabu, Neil Citron & Bryant Markovitch
Performed by Swift Kick
Published by Jungle Boy Music, BMI.
Surrounded by Italians, BMI.
Markovitch Entertainment Group, BMI.
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Dreary and dusty horror sleeper
30 January 2017 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Ghost Town" follows Langley, a policeman who arrives in a remote ghost town in search of a missing woman (Catherine Hickland). The town seems to still have some residents lurking about, however—ones from its nineteenth-century past.

This offbeat horror-Western pastiche seems to have flown under the radar of genre fans for nearly three decades now, having been relegated to home video in the late eighties after an extremely small theatrical run. While it's not a masterpiece, "Ghost Town" is a weirdly charming and memorable collision of supernatural horror with the gritty Western; the result is an almost otherworldly atmosphere that is as dreamlike as it is dreary.

Written by David Schmoeller ("Tourist Trap"), the film plays on the Western angle considerably, and the tension between the two genres is a source of both humor and horror. The film is visually striking and atmospheric, drenched in dust and boasting some eerie Western set pieces and a dreary, ominous desert backdrop. The film is surprisingly gore-free for the most part, though it does supply some creative special effects with the gang of outlaws. Pacing-wise, the film does lull in spots, but for the most part keeps its wheels turning. Franc Luz and Catherine Hickland turn in memorable performances, as does Jimmie Skaggs as the zombified antagonist.

Overall, "Ghost Town" is a marginally impressive late-eighties effort that stands out for its unique blend of genres. Its off-kilter atmosphere is a major strength, but there are some memorable scenes throughout, as well as playful and sinister performances from the cast. Definitely not a genre masterwork, but when taken in the context of its peers, it's one of the more unique late-eighties horror films. 7/10.


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