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The Ghosts of Edendale

2.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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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

Review

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

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0002TT0OG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghosts of Edendale" on IMDb

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By David Parker on October 22, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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. But, I paid my money for it and watched it till the end. It wasn't a total flop because the plot was original and interesting and kept me intrigued.
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3 ½ 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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"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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