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December 2009

Death Of A Ghost Hunter

cast: Mike Marsh, Davina Joy, William McMinn, Lindsay Page, and Patti Tindall

director: Sean Tretta

107 minutes (18) 2007
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Brain Damage DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Death Of A Ghost Hunter

The premise of this story is that in 1982 a family were found murdered in their very home along with their father, the local minister, but nobody knows why they died and how, although the locals suspect foul play in the form of evil spirits or ghosts operating in the area. With the police force finding nothing out as being out of the ordinary it is up to the owner of the house to bring in someone to sort things out.

Popular ghost hunter Carter Simms (Patti Tindall) was reputed to have been offered a substantial sum of money to investigate the Masterson house in 2002 and her investigation was considered one of the most tragic in the history of paranormal research in the US today. The film is based on the diary entries she made during that investigation and starts on 16th October of that year.

She at first finds the house beautiful and finds no sense of an evil presence while she researches it. It is rather unsettling though when the owner of the house casually jokes about it using references from popular horror movies.

The very idea of using a ghost hunter as a way of finding out whether life after death for human beings exists has been thought of for years with people falling into two distinct camps, the believers and non-believers. The whole process of using modern technology was thought of as a means to discover ghosts, apparitions and spirits in many homes and other areas.

Death Of A Ghost Hunter moves at a quick pace leaving no time for boredom, sets the atmosphere and can be viewed as a part narrative with the lead character reading from her diary with interviews with the local residents in between. The owner of the house eventually tells her about the reason he wanted Carter to come in the first place. Since the death of his father he had wanted to sell the house but wants to know if there are any evil spirits within that could devalue it.

The thing that makes her different is that Carter is a sceptic herself and seeks to disprove haunting before going about trying to prove their existence. Atmospherically speaking, the film is both inside and out set rather dark and foreboding that gives it an extra spooky feel.

As part of the bonus material on Death Of A Ghost Hunter this DVD contains trailers for other horror titles from the same label.



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