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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 ... 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:

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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:

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

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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

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 »

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a snow-covered creep-fest
21 December 2005 | by corpvaultSee all my reviews

Ghostkeeper probably has one of the best horror movie settings ever, in my opinion. It takes place in an isolated old lodge (Deer Lodge, an actual functioning resort)amid the snowy Canadian Rockies, surrounded by huge snow-covered mountains and towering evergreen trees. The outdoor scenes alone make the film worth seeing. Once we get inside the lodge, we start running into some lighting issues. In some cases, the overly dark scenes are effective, especially when all you can really see are the character's piercing eyes. Also effective are the shots of the wendigo's basement enclosure, which is made out of blocks of ice, emitting an eerie blue light. Very cool. I also thought Paul Zaza's score worked well for the film. In particular, there is a strange synthesizer part that sounds like distorted wind or maybe a train...whatever it is, it's spooky as hell. The acting, unfortunately, is mediocre with the notable exception of Georgie Collins, who plays the "ghostkeeper". Her performance, especially in her last scene, is really disturbing and frightening. I recommend Ghostkeeper to any serious horror fan who likes creepy, atmospheric films.


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