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An American Ghost Story


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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Twardokus, Liesel Kopp
  • Directors: Derek Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D8MWW26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Commentary with Director Derek Cole and Stars/Producers Stephen Twardokus and Jon Gale

SYNOPSIS

Paul Anderson (Stephen Twardokus) and his girlfriend Stella (Liesel Kopp) move into a house that is well known for being haunted. Paul, a struggling writer plans to write his first novel about his experiences with the paranormal. What starts out as a fun and exciting adventure, soon takes a very dangerous turn. They quickly realize some things are better left alone, and what you can't see, can hurt you.

Customer Reviews

This movie was just awful.
Angela
Surprisingly, there is no gore in this film at all, however the rest of the special effects (specifically, the ‘ghost’ scenes) are well done and very creative.
Matthew Scott Baker
This film is one of the worst films I have ever watched.
Eric

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bubba's Mom & Dad on August 23, 2013
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My husband & I watched the trailer, and this movie looked like it had potential. Well, the trailer showed the best parts(like most do). The movie was very slow with too many fillers, not enough ghostly substance.
The storyline itself was good,but it was filmed poorly with bed sheets as ghosts & chairs piled on a table(like in Poltergeist). I mean.....really??!!! Give us a break! Not much imagination with the filming of this story. There were a couple of jumpy scenes,but nothing to brag about. Not worth the $3.99 rental here on Amazon. Huge disappointment!!!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 16, 2013
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Friday night - excited to settle in for a good horror movie - start the movie annnnnnddd.....no - not a good movie. I knew we were in trouble from the moment it started. You can immediately get a sense of where a director is on a scale from how he chooses to employ or not employ music. Whatever chance the movie had of building suspense of tension is repeatedly ruined by the drone of what sounds like a bad temp score that someone has decided to make more impactful by turning the volume up and down. I have seen great movies shot digital for no money. So, it doesn't mean much when someone points out how it was made for no money. This movie looks as if there was no money and then it had not the talent or innovation to compensate for lack of money. BLAIR WITCH anyone?? Great movie - no money. It's nice that friends have stopped by to write nice things and be supportive, but I suggest to those looking for a good indie horror film to keep on looking...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 6, 2013
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If this were on free streaming I would say maybe watch a few minutes and see for yourself, but since it is on paid streaming I felt that I should really explain how bad this movie really is. To begin I would like to make it clear that I am a fan of low budget films, and I think that certain allowances for them could be made, so my review will reflect this. This film is one of the worst films I have ever watched. It's one of those few films that fall into the black hole of being bad, but not so bad that it's enjoyable, which makes it a huge chore to watch. At best this movie is bland; at worst it's downright annoying. The background music is nothing but a constant repetition of the same few notes, only changing when the scene was supposed to be tense, therefore removing all tension from the scene, then culminating with a loud jump scare, which usually can't even startle. The script is more a long string of outdated horror movie tropes tied together with wooden dialogue. As other reviews have stated, they used the chair stacking from Poltergeist, the ghost under a sheet from the Scooby Doo cartoon, and the random sounds from every uncreative horror film.

The movie seems to have been filmed with good cameras and microphones, but the lighting is excessively dark, seriously dark to the point where we stopped the movie and tried another movie to make sure our TV wasn't damaged.

This movie is very boring, and its running time has been extended with an inordinately large amount of lingering shots, and multiple views of a single scene, this movie could easily drop thirty or forty five minutes with proper editing.

I will conclude my review with the final and most grievous problem, the cast. I honestly didn't know who was the most bored, me and my wife or the cast of the film.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By suicyco on August 23, 2013
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I kept waiting for the movie to be scary but it never happened. There were so many opportunities for this movie to make you jump or give you shivers up your spine but every single time they managed to screw that up. Recommended only if bed sheets scare you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Abby Glaser on August 23, 2013
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That was horrible. I couldn't make it past the first thirty minutes. I'm pretty sure this movie was made by high school students. That's the nicest thing I can say.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LAB on November 20, 2013
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This is one of the movies that has its strengths and weaknesses. I so agree with the reviewer who said there will be polarized responses to it. So . . . I agree that parts of the movie were unnecessary and actually disrupted the flow. Yes, the the use of music to startle may have also been overdone -- but, it did make jump!. And I also thought the sheet ghosts totally lacked subtlety and were cheesy . . . you saw too much of it and it detracted from the scare-factor. HOWEVER, I found parts of the movie REALLY scary, moments that were almost unbearably tense ( I was watching at night) in a very subtle way! Maybe some of the reviews lowered my expectations, but I actually enjoyed this movie. No special effects, no gore, just old fashioned spooky what-will-happen-next stuff. Spooked me!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 29, 2013
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Might be the worst movie ever made. Not kidding. At the very least its the worst movie I've seen all year, and believe me, my wife and I have watched a lot of what ended up being bad horror movies. This one, I'd actually like the time I spent watching it back. On top of the movie being just awful, it looks cheap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on January 31, 2014
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The story is fairly simple. Paul (Stephen Twardokus) and Stella (Liesel Kopp) move into a haunted house so Paul can write a book on it. Turns out the house is haunted, Stella moves out. Paul does not and investigates further.

This is a plain and simple low budget ghost story. It was well scripted and directed. Stephen Twardokus who wrote and produced the film was weakest as an actor. They should of had someone else in that role. The story line is simple without any twists. The intent of the film is to scare, i.e. make you jump. It tries to this a dozen or so times, and actually made me jump once, something I don't normally do in the daylight and sober. Don't expect a great horror tale, just a good ghost movie for the sleep over.

What we know about the ghost: It can throw a basketball, but can't hit the rim. It can stack chairs, but can't decorate. It can turn on a radio, but has trouble changing stations. And it must be a male because it leaves the draws open.

Making its way around Redbox in 2014.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Lacks heavy violence and blood.
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