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The Ghosts of Edendale
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Additional Scenes:with director's commentary
Audio Commentary:with director and producer
Featurette:Three amazing behind-the-scenes featurettes
A supernatural stunner... what "The Shining" did for writer's block and "Rosemary's Baby" did for expectant mothers. -- The Morning Call
The scariest indie horror movie I've ever seen and in many ways stands up to the best in the genre. -- The Cold Spot
Top Customer Reviews
I had this DVD sitting around for about a year before I got around to starting it. The Amazon reviews weren't exactly good and I was in no rush to watch it (got the DVD for free).
Having been involved in some low budget film-making in New York with Youtube director Frank Stamm, I started this film last night (and will probably finish it this weekend) and I wanted to post a review to counter the many negative reviews on Amazon. For a low budget film, it's actually pretty good.
What the film is not: It's not a fast-paced intense horror film, so the box art is a little misleading.
What the film is: It's a low-budget film made with some care. In terms of quality it reminded me of some of the Asian soap operas my wife watches (which are shot in actual rooms rather than on sets): you can see that there wasn't a huge budget, and it runs a little slow, but the quality is decent enough that you can keep watching pretty easily.
Most of the primary actors have some talent. The couple actors who are horribly stiff thankfully have had very small parts in the film. The main character is a woman (Christine Charters?) and the actress who plays her is great. She's a capable actress, she's pretty, and she's seen in some revealing outfits.
I could recommend buying this film used, but more for people who like independent film than horror movie fans. The film is sort of like a low-budget soap opera with horror elements.
We learn also that the house, which is located at the far end of a hilltop cul-de-sac, sits on ranchland once owned by early 1900s cowboy-movie icon Tom Mix, back when Echo Park was known as Edendale. It is within this context that the ghost story begins to unfold.
The filmmakers gradually transform the ambience from sunny to sinister over the course of the movie. For example, the breezes wafting through the hilltop foliage in the opening scenes are palpably soothing and inviting; by the end, the chill of those very same breezes wouldn't feel out of place in an episode of Twin Peaks.
What starts off as an almost Nancy Drew-like mystery thus evolves into a more disquieting tale as the proverbial ghosts of the title make their first fleeting appearances. An even deeper fear sets in as these apparitions grow bolder and nastier -- and as hints emerge that a key character may be possessed by the spirit of Thomas Edwin Mix himself. Although there is only one moment of real terror, involving the discovery of a murder, a nervous gloom settles in for the remainder of the movie and never entirely disappears.
Despite its horror-genre DNA, in its more thoughtful moments "Ghosts" takes some thematic cues from the psychological thriller -- chiefly the mental disintegration of an emotionally unstable and increasingly isolated character. Think "Gaslight", among others.Read more ›
While it's not exactly "Don't be Afraid of the Dark", it's not "Don't Go in the Woods" either.
The story of two people from back east who move to Hollywood to make their fortune, Rachel and Kevin luck into a new Hollywood Hills pad, complete with Hollywood sign view, the belongings of the former owners who high-tailed it into the night so fast they didn't bother to clean out the icebox, and (wait for it) a price TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!
Sadly, since they are trying to break into films as scriptwriters, they don't see the big giant warning signs that something might be a little (ahem) askew on Edendale hill, even when various neighbors show up to ominously tell them that the former occupants didn't fit in and that the street used to be the center of Hollywood's first studio.
Rachel, who has a convenient past as both a model and a loony, has, in rapid sucession, ghost sightings and a job modelling in New York. Since their writing isn't going anywhere, and they need the money (and the movie isn't moving very fast) she hits the big Apple fo the gig.
Ten seconds or so later, she's back, and things on the hill are changed: Kevin's suddenly a filmland Zane Grey, banging away at his laptop with a screenplay that has the whole hill abuzz. Rachel is convinced there must be something terribly wrong!
Is Kevin in the clutches of the ghost of Tom Mix, bent upon recreating his Hollywood comeback? Is Rachel really just losing her mind? Didn't anybody see "Burnt Offerings"?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has an original plot that could've been developed into a great movie. However, it was a flop due to poor directing and production. Read morePublished 3 months ago by wwynnie
When I first watched this movie a few years back it really creeped me out.....and still does....a very Haunting, subtle ghost story....Published 4 months ago by Phelm
This movie is a nice attempt at a serious ghost story. Yes it is low budget but the scares are effective when used. The acting is good throughout. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Russroom
The Ghosts of Edendale had one weird premise. Ghost producers are coming back to Hollywood to conquer it by possessing young people. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Eli Jacobsen
This was a real piece of crap. I could only get thru about 12 minutes of it. The only reason I got it was that my interest was aroused after reading about it Western Clippings.Published on July 5, 2010 by Richard Hatfield
The movie is ok for being ultra low budget. The acting is low grade to poor...often wooden at times. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by NateMonroe
Honestly, the DVD cover image is the best thing about this movie. It was shot in the real Edendale area of Los Angeles (now Echo Park/Silver Lake), and the scenery tends to chew... Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by M2
If you like the kind of old-time ghost story that relies more on unsettling spookiness than blood and guts, this movie is for you. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by Marianne Connor
I got this movie when the Hollywood Video by my house was going out of business... I had picked up 7 movies at 3 dollars a piece and was sure after reading the blurbs on the back... Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by P. Estrada