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An American Ghost Story (2012)

Stephen Twardokus , Liesel Kopp , Derek Cole  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Twardokus, Liesel Kopp
  • Directors: Derek Cole
  • Format: 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 (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D8MWW26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,236 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


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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really??? 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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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No No No August 16, 2013
By Mary
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Friday night - excited to settle in for a good horror movie - start the movie - 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please save yourself time and watch anything else. October 6, 2013
By Eric
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If your scared of a bed sheet then maybe August 23, 2013
By suicyco
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars someone please give me my money back 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst. August 29, 2013
By Chris
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars I ended up enjoying this movie 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Terrible Movie!! September 16, 2013
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Okay, so all I need to do is run around in a sheet and have someone look in silence and then have loud music screech...that sums up this horrible movie. Save your time and money on this one...F++ rating!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good try, boys.
I understand it was a very low budget and kind of want to buy the movie because I feel bad for the two gius who made it. They gave it a good college try. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dezirea Noker
2.0 out of 5 stars LOSER
The acting was good. BUT... you spend over 17 minutes in the film watching this man kiss his wife and sit around talking about what happened in this house they are in... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Raven
2.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story
Waited until the movie was more than half over before wired things started. Another boring and not exciting movie failure
Published 29 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Thriller.
For all its perceived weaknesses, An American Ghost Story succeeds where scores of other horror films -- armed with computer-generated graphics, special effects and blood and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Peripatetic Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars all about the hoaky music.
I really liked this movie but wanted to love it. It was a great nail biter and had some pretty scary scenes. However, the background music was awful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Was able to see the whole entire movie without it freezing on us. Was very suspenseful and kept me awake. Movie was good.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Hinojos
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good value
Really bad pace, poor acting and overall boring not worth paying for this movie should only be a free watch that a way you could shut it off and not waste your time
Published 1 month ago by Carl Uptergrove
2.0 out of 5 stars Reminicent of the B spook movies of the 50s and 60s...
All this is, is two guys making a movie with the stingiest of budgets. Just a typical haunted house theme where the main character plans to write about his experiences, gets rich... Read more
Published 1 month ago by vmzfla
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed during the "Behind the Scenes" with the two guys who made...
As cheap movies go ($10,000 budget at the most), I say the 2 guys who made this movie did a pretty good job. There were, obviously, amateur takes, shots, sound and effects. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Calvin David Haggen
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!
WOW!!!! Derek Cole has done it again. This is a great thriller. Stephen Twardokus really hit the mark on this one.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Lowe
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