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Ghostkeeper (1981)

R | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1981 (Canada)
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.

Director:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk)

Writers:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk), Doug MacLeod (as Douglas MacLeod)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Riva Spier Riva Spier ... Jenny
Murray Ord Murray Ord ... Marty
Sheri McFadden Sheri McFadden ... Chrissy
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Ghostkeeper
Les Kimber Les Kimber ... Storekeeper
Bill Grove Bill Grove ... Danny (as Billy Grove)
John MacMillan John MacMillan ... Windigo
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Keeper See more »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Badland Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Chrissy: How can the mountains be dangerous, they're so beautiful.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate introduction was filmed two years after the movie's completion by its distributors. The scene shows a young man running through the woods away from the hotel, who is then stabbed with a wooden stake against a tree. This alternate introduction appeared on some home video releases in Europe and Canada. The alternate introduction is not featured on the 1986 U.S. VHS release of "GHOSTKEEPER" from 'New World Video'. See more »

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References The Living Desert (1953) See more »

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Snowy Plot less Creepfest
30 March 2015 | by josephbrandoSee all my reviews

The wintery Canadian mountains which provide the desolate setting are only slightly snowier than the plot, which finds withdrawn, teetering-on-the-edge-of-crazy Jenny, her rotten boyfriend and their slutty blonde chic friend stranded at a shuttered snowbound inn. Seemingly abandoned, it isn't long before they realize they aren't the only ones there. "Ghostkeeper" is a textbook example of how much a movie can be made or broken by its soundtrack. Many long, inactive treks through this abandoned ski lodge would be unbearable if not for the sinister score - which will ring familiar to most horror-nerds as nearly identical to the one from fellow 1981 Canadian horror film, Prom Night - both done by the same guy. If you need a movie with a cohesive plot, you certainly should look elsewhere. But if you can enjoy a spooky, hazy film which is heavy on dreadful atmosphere and creepy music while remaining non-existent on gore and nudity - you've met your match. It certainly is an odd duck, especially for the time period in which it was made. It's reputation as a hidden gem is well-deserved and it will come as a nice surprise to jaded horror fans who think they've seen it all.


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