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The Ghosts of Edendale (2004)

Jay Brown , Christine Charters  |  R |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Brown, Christine Charters, Maureen Davis (II), Paula Ficara, Keith Fulton
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002TT0OG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghosts of Edendale" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A young couple trying to make it in the movie business moves into a neighborhood next to Hollywood. Their dreams turn into nightmares as the boyfriend becomes possessed by ghosts.

DVD Features:
Additional Scenes:with director's commentary
Audio Commentary:with director and producer
Easter Eggs
Featurette:Three amazing behind-the-scenes featurettes
Theatrical Trailer


A knowing salute to a particular type of classic horror, while being plenty creepy. -- Film Threat

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

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about it! October 22, 2004
I usually save my Amazon reviews for music (and an occasional rant about a great movie), but after seeing all the superlatives thrown at this horrible (not horror) movie, I must try to rectify the situation. This is the lowest budget movie I think I've ever seen attached to a major studio (Warner Bros.). Anybody giving this flick any positive word at all must be attached to the production or a relative of the filmmakers ("The scariest indie horror movie I've ever seen and in many ways stands up to the best in the genre"!!? Tell me this guy isn't the director's brother!). The acting is wooden by all involved....the script is junior copywriter-level writing....and the effects, if you can call them that, are on a par with what I could accomplish with downloaded FX software on my five-year old Compaq Prosignia. And the story, about a guy being possessed by spirits in his house? The Shining.....Amityville Horror....HELLO?! While I will concede that there are some good ideas buried deep within this film, they've been simply unable to escape. And while I was prepared for the look of digital video here, I could not believe how poor this film looked. In the few outdoor scenes, everything is generally OK, but the indoor scenes had all the color drained out of them, and the nighttime scenes were almost unwatchable in their artifacts-laden graininess. Surprising, since the "making-of" feature had better indoor filming, on the same damn sets! Several horror-movie websites have also given this dribble high marks, so I am mystified. But, if you want the look of a movie that your friends made with their Sony 8mm Handycam, then by all means.....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"The Ghosts of Edendale" tells the tale of an East Coast couple, ambitious to make their mark in the movie biz, who rent a run-down house in L.A.'s Echo Park district. The previous occupants left in a great hurry, it seems, although the procession of mildly creepy neighbors who emerge early in the film appear not to have gotten their stories straight on exactly what happened.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of half the film... May 6, 2011
3 ˝ stars

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not haunting, but hardly horrrible February 28, 2005
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As a warning- this disc degraded after about 6 viewings to the point where it would not play in either my iBook or my DVD player. Tke the following review with that grain of salt. Too bad, it's a fun movie.

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"?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as the negative reviews say
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 more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Russroom
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay for what it tried to do *spoilers*
The Ghosts of Edendale had one weird premise. Ghost producers are coming back to Hollywood to conquer it by possessing young people. Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by Eli Jacobsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of crap
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok story---stupid ending
The movie is ok for being ultra low budget. The acting is low grade to poor...often wooden at times. Read more
Published on May 31, 2010 by NateMonroe
1.0 out of 5 stars The Ghosts of Amateurville
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 more
Published on March 7, 2009 by M2
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ghost Story!
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 more
Published on April 18, 2008 by Marianne Connor
2.0 out of 5 stars eh...
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 more
Published on October 29, 2007 by P. Estrada
1.0 out of 5 stars Really BAD!!!
Ok, I am very tolerant of B-movies and find most movies that I watch to be very interesting. This one is very terrible. It makes no sense and doesn't have a story line. Read more
Published on October 24, 2006 by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars MIXED UP
The ghost of cowboy legend Tom Mix and his cohorts are the spirits in this washed out mess. A young couple hoping to make it in Hollywood as screenwriters find themselves mixed up... Read more
Published on June 1, 2006 by Michael Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies I've seen
The best part of this movie was the box. There were two or three pretty good, jump up whoa buddy moments but the thing looked like it was a high school film project. Read more
Published on April 7, 2006 by J. Franklin
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