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A trio of friends on a snowmobiling trip in the Canadian Rockies become lost after venturing up a trail during a snowstorm. They stumble upon a seemingly abandoned hotel lodge and decide to spend the night, unaware of the grave danger that they have put themselves in. Who, or what, is the Ghostkeeper, and will anyone survive the night? Shot in the rugged location of Lake Louise, Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the film's stark, icy photography, low-key style, and slow-burn sense of dread all add up to a uniquely creepy experience in an old snowbound lodge. Poorly distributed on homevideo as a secondary title in the 1980's (the U.K. vhs distributor placed a demonic chicken (!) on the box art), the film has since garnered a large genre fanbase over the years and has been voted one of the most anticipated Canadian horror films for a DVD release. GHOSTKEEPER is finally unleashed on DVD to chill new and old audiences alike.

Product Details

  • Actors: Riva Spier
  • Directors: James Makichuk
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V7Q22K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Sadly that's all you're going to get.
JEREMY WELLS
I have been very impressed with the dvd's Code Red has put out and this gem is another addition to my vast collection!
vitrage
It reeks of frigid isolation and obscure characters and that odd (very odd) Canadian sensibility in film.
Orville Dunworth

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By vitrage on May 5, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been very impressed with the dvd's Code Red has put out and this gem is another addition to my vast collection! We get a nice Widescreen cut from one of the last surviving 35mm and great digital sound. I Remember watching this movie in the dark as a kid - it was on a very early morning on a snowy winters' day and I was enthralled in the movie. It was a fun little flick that stuck with me for years - it has a creepy lodge location, a sense of isolation, dread and a cool brooding score to match. A very surreal dream-like atmosphere follows this movie till the very end. A must have for any collector of 80's horror and/or avantgarde tastes - I just love that a lot of these lost 80's horror flicks are getting released and the restoration they deserve. Thanks Code Red!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clapton Fan on October 8, 2012
Format: DVD
I think we can all thank Code Red for digging up older and forgotten titles from one of the booming ages of horror - the 1980's.

However - this film is slightly tedious and incoherent - but saved by great locations and some seriously solid atmosphere.

It is said this movie was shot in order of the script, and when finances ran out the crew had to re-write the 2nd half on the fly - which is a real shame. While the movie is nothing to rave about; the presentation is - and should be a must for any collectable of old and forgotten films.

I'd delve more into the plot if I could - but this title relies more on locations than actual story (mainly due to the fiscal woes of the production).

Still - Code Red should be given kudos for getting these little seen movies out there - even if they quickly go out of print due to the limited number of pressings.

Passable entertainment as a horror film but a recommended purchase for 80's horror enthusiasts.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By santasmoviereviews on May 22, 2012
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This is another one of those almost lost films that finally popped up on dvd and is worth the money to buy it. It isn't a fast moving film but it has beautiful scenery and kinda reminds me of a cheap version of "THE SHINING" it mostly takes place in an old hotel called Deer lodge where a strange old lady lives and looks over the lodge that has been closed now for about 5 years. Remember it doesn't move fast but it is very nice to look at the scenery.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Orville Dunworth on March 17, 2013
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I love this movie. It reeks of frigid isolation and obscure characters and that odd (very odd) Canadian sensibility in film. Once you see a handful of Great White North productions, you get the flavor- they tend to be a bit too talky and for the most part utilize unknown actors, but they exhibit a strange combination of Euro-American style, where it sometimes seems like it should be American, but then it is uniquely non-American in its delivery.

I had never seen nor even heard of this film until just recently, but I bought the DVD after reading reviews that connected with my own sensibilities and the disk now sits comfortably among my collection of horror. It has the feel of films like LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, or THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE, but much stranger than both. It is not a roller-coaster, but a slow burn that gets under your skin (assuming you go into it with the right head). Watch it for the feeling it portrays, suck up the atmosphere, and pay attention to the characterizations and the interplay. There are lapses in logic so if you expect a story that all makes sense, don't bother. This one is all about the experience. Watch in a dark room with someone who knows how to keep their mouth shut until all is said and done, and you might just find this a personal favorite, as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Hernandez on October 2, 2014
Format: DVD
Code Red DVD has a tendency to release great obscure horror gems. Ghostkeeper is a slasher set in the cold isolated wilderness (perhaps Canada?) in an almost abandoned lodge. Heavy on atmosphere, Ghostkeeper reminded me of the backwoods slasher Just Before Dawn. A great slowburner that I recommend.

Code Red presents Ghostkeeper in widescreen format. While not in pristine condition, the print look decent with a little bit of damage, and audio is decent. Overrall its passable and that's usually all I'm looking for.

There are no special features here that truly interested me besides the trailers.

This is a great obscure movie that Code Red released and I appreciate them for it. While not a movie that will blow your mind, its still a good time to be had. Recommend for 80s slasher enthusiasts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Baron on December 30, 2013
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According to the IMDb, the filmmakers decided to improvise the second half of the film after finding that the money was running low. That fact is glaringly obvious when you watch this movie. It starts out well enough with some nice snowy locations and, once they arrive at the lodge, some creepy atmosphere. The old lady they find there is obviously a few miles south of sane, but Georgie Collins' performance thankfully doesn't stray too far into the outer limits. Sherri McFadden is not given much to do as Chrissy other than be obnoxious and flirt with Murray Ord as Marty, a guy who should have the word "jerk" tattooed on his forehead considering how far he goes to let you know that he is, after all, a jerk. Riva Spier fares better as Jenny, but she is a little flat in spots. These detriments might be easier to forgive if the story had been better. As it is, the film builds to a certain point and then devolves into muddled nonsense. Still, I am glad that Code Red is still out there releasing lost and forgotten cult films to the home entertainment market. Whereas this film falls short, their effort in releasing it does not, and they deserve the continued support of all of us who love and appreciate these strange cinematic curios.
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