‘Don’t follow too close’
Ghosthunters is a 2016 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Pearry Reginald Teo (The Curse of Sleeping Beauty; Dracula: The Dark Prince; Necromentia). The movie stars Francesca Santoro, Stephen Manley and David O’Donnell.
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Henry (Stephen Manley), a paranormal investigator, recently lost his wife Martha (Phyllis Spielman) and daughter Gabby (Anna Harr) to captured and convicted serial killer Nightstalker, who enjoys torturing and killing his victims while dressed as a plague doctor. Henry asks his friend Neal (David O’Donnell) to help him use a machine he designed which can capture and convert ghosts into ectoplasm.
After the funeral of his family, Henry meets with Neal, Neal’s reporter girlfriend Amy (Francesca Santoro), machine programmer Jessica (Liz Fenning), and Devon (Web Crystal) at the Nightstalker’s house. The team sees many ghosts with their devices which includes ghost vision goggles. They finally manage to capture a ghost.
Devon becomes uncomfortable with the idea and leaves, but is killed by an unknown ghost. Amy begins to gain psychic abilities every time the machine is used. She sees how the Nightstalker killed his victims and senses a dark presence which is not a ghost, but she believes is the spirit of the Nightstalker…
“Unfortunately, Ghosthunters is a disappointing dip into dullness for the director. Production value is ok, albeit movie-of-the-week quality. But the story is so lazy and the acting tuned so carelessly high that the final film reads as a passionless rush job with no memorable merit to speak of.” Culture Crypt
“The film’s only small flaw is a retread of a montage featuring what may be Gabby getting killed and the Night Stalker, which is seen quite a few times in different spots. However, getting past that, the film smoothly transitions into a twist that is unexpected and shocking that it delves into insanity, ultimately making this one of the stronger titles from the Asylum.” World Film Geek
“The best thing about the film are possibly the props. The best prop in the entire movie is a pair of steampunk styled ghost spotting goggles. Second runner-up is a steampunk styled plague doctor mask worn by the killer. Sadly the ghost trapping machine itself is a bland jumble of spare parts that look like they could be anything. The rest of the special effects are okay, but not great.” UK Horror Scene
“The editing was coherent and I found it refreshing that this horror film didn’t follow the stereotypical formula of ‘everyone splits up and dies one-by-one in a predictably boring fashion’. Stephen Manley has no trouble carrying the lead role and is dynamic and believable.” Amazon.com
Cast and characters:
- Francesca Santoro … Amy – My Haunted House TV series
- Stephen Manley … Henry – Crucible of Terror
- David O’Donnell … Neal – Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark; Halloween Knight
- Liz Fenning … Jessica
- Web Crystal … Devon
- Phyllis Spielman … Martha
- Anna Harr … Gabby
- Kim Shannon … Sally
- Aaron Moses … Stanley
Los Angeles, California