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An American Ghost Story

2.8 out of 5 stars 304 customer reviews

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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.

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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D8MWW26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 The script is more a long string of outdated horror movie tropes tied together with wooden dialogue.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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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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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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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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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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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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Stunningly dull and thoroughly awful attempt at a Paranormal Activity film but without the camcorder gimmick. Or the few minutes genuine suspense that each Paranormal Activity movie offers. Or the competent acting and special effects.

The story concerns a young couple who move into a supposedly haunted house because the man wants to write a book about it. If that sounds like the set-up for Sinister all I can say is that before too long you will wish this movie was a rip-off of Sinister--at least then there would be a plot and stuff would actually happen.

The woman flees the house after an amusing encounter where she backs out of the kitchen slowly, trying to look terrified as cabinets open around her. Well, it's a haunted house--what did she think was going to happen?

The problem is that this leaves her boyfriend in the house alone waiting for something scary to happen. Occasionally a title appears on-screen to remind us of how long he's been in the house with absolutely nothing happening. The lead actor has a face for radio and no acting ability whatsoever but he also wrote the screenplay, which I guess explains how he got the part.

Eventually the filmmakers decided the boredom had to end so all hell breaks loose, more or less. The one good effect the filmmakers came up with was a ghost rising from the sheets on the bed beside the hero when he wasn't looking and didn't notice. The "terrifying" finale involves the ghost in the sheet chasing the hero around the house. The problem is that the effect doesn't work--when the ghost is running around it becomes really, really obvious that it's actually someone under a sheet and it looks completely ridiculous.
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