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The Ghosts of Edendale (2003)

A young couple moves into a neighborhood obsessed with the frightening silent movie history that took place 80 years before. As the boyfriend also becomes obsessed, it becomes apparent that... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Ficara ... Rachel
Stephen Wastell ... Kevin
Andrew Kirsanov ... Nolan / Ghost Man (as Andrew Quintero)
Keith Fulton Keith Fulton ... Julian
Louis Pepe ... Alex / Party Guest
Patrick Hasson Patrick Hasson ... Fred
Nathan Lum Nathan Lum ... Ghost Boy
Ethan Grant Ethan Grant ... Andrew
Jay Brown Jay Brown ... Homeless Man
Robert Lane Robert Lane ... Edward Habert
Maureen Davis ... Rose
Cynthia King Cynthia King ... Beautiful Blonde
Arthur Guzman Arthur Guzman ... Cowboy Ghost
Conor McCarthy Conor McCarthy ... Ghost Photographer / Party Guest
Terry A. O'Connell Terry A. O'Connell ... Ghost Making Fire / Party Guest
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A young couple moves into a neighborhood obsessed with the frightening silent movie history that took place 80 years before. As the boyfriend also becomes obsessed, it becomes apparent that something more is happening. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasmas de Edendale See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mixville 02 See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Kevin: Don't take sides. I guess you're just gonna have to look at me as the bad guy.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Music by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob and lyrics by William M. Hough and Frank R. Adams
Performed by Bill Edwards
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More grass roots shudders
4 November 2004 | by Poe-17See all my reviews

Reminds one of "The Shining" and "Rosemary's Baby" and, NO, not of that high caliber production. This is bootstrap film making. The thing about slogging through the ground covered by the two films mentioned above is that it's such rich ground to go slogging in. It's no shame to target those same "feelings". It's a rich mine and can be returned to time and time again without becoming pale and impotent. It's a powerful niche of our psyche and this film nudges those fears and suspicions into the light with a very slight hand. The ending wobbles off into non-closure but that evasive ending is a tool to wield in this kind low-keyed film. Not a whole lot new here (except that OHMYGOD kid in the closet and the skin-crawl faces in the fence) but this isn't new territory. As so often in low dollar productions, the unpolished mannerisms of the film add rather than detract. This would never work as a high-dollar movie. The overdone FX, required in a large budget film, would reduce effect.

EDENDALE isn't in competition with anything. It's a favor for those of us who don't mind re-entering familiar territory that owns a lot of landscape. So much of horror is "tell me the same story I love so much but change it up just a bit, play with me...and give it an edge".

Not new stuff. Not great stuff. The actors are really good bad ingredients. The wife has the heaviest role and, for 99% of her screen time, nails it. Husband has the hardest role; so delicate the lift of an eyebrow can be overdone. The "neighbors" were overripe - the audience gets it already, we're not stupid.

I like movies that "creep" at you instead of "leap" at you.

A horridly disfigured and over-sized figure screaming out of the dark and swinging an axe is one kind of fright.

A noise in the corner of a dark room where nothing is supposed to be is another kind of fright.

The first is over in a moment. The latter may haunt you for weeks.

EDENDALE has a low terror count, but a high "creep" count.

It doesn't matter this a well trod trail. We'll gladly trod it again when someone else chooses to takes us by the hand and lead us there.


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