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Ghost Keeper (1982)

Ghostkeeper (original title)
Three friends on a New Year's Eve snowmobiling excursion find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge where the elderly female innkeeper is concealing a sinister secret.

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 ... 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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Trivia

Compser Paul Zaza reuses some of his score for this film from another 80s horror film, Prom Night (1981). See more »

Quotes

Ghostkeeper: You're not allowed here, this place is closed.
Chrissy: Then what are you doing here?
Ghostkeeper: I ask the questions, girlie.
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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 »

Connections

References The Living Desert (1953) See more »

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Sadly unknown, spooky little gem.
24 March 2007 | by larsenjandaSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a rather young age when I rented it from a video store, and it really, really scared me. "Ghostkeeper" is about three friends (two women and one man) who are snowmobiling during the holidays up in the mountains. Despite a storekeepers warning, they head up the slopes, only to have one of the women crash her snowmobile. With only one snowmobile left for transportation, and a snowstorm coming in, the three decide to stay in an old abandoned hotel lodge looming in front of them. They meet an old lady (played by Georgie Collins, who actually gives a really scary performance) who is living there with her unseen son, but she is hiding a ghostly secret.

Definitely one of the better '80s horror films, this unknown little chiller should be a familiar entry in the genre, but sadly is seen by hardly anybody. It didn't receive a big release and got little attention, which is really too bad because of how good the film is. The storyline actually original, and the setting is, in one word - CREEPY! The isolated lodge and the snowy mountain backdrop are a nice accent to the film and really add to it's scariness, and are a little reminiscent of "The Shining". The acting is mediocre, but so what? It's an '80s horror flick, you can't expect Oscar-worthy performances. The strange ending will leave you creeped out but also satisfied. I love this film because of it's simple set-up and foreboding spookiness. Surely an underrated little horror gem. If you can get a hold of it (since it's now pretty hard to find, only being available on a long out-of-print video tape), definitely do. It's one of the better (and overlooked) early '80s horrors. 10/10.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1982 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD750,000 (estimated)
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Badland Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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