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This movie simply lost the magic from the book. Even without comparing it to the book there's so many things wrong with the movie it's just a huge let down. As I said before, the main monster, the main plot point, the TITLE CHARACTER is nowhere to be found. It's hinted upon and even shown briefly but in the end, it simply does not exist the and the writer/director must have forgotten all about it. That right there is the ultimate slap in the face for someone watching the movie.
It's like being promised a cookie to sit through some boring meeting. You see the cookie plate sitting there but once the meeting concludes the cookies are gone, only to be replaced with rice cakes.
Timmy, Doug, and Barry are the best of friends. As if life for three 12-year old boys at the edge of puberty isn't hard enough, things get very tough when they are forced by circumstances to confront the urban legend of a creature which lives underneath their local cemetery. Are there supernatural forces at work or are the disappearances of several local teenagers tied to someone in the town with unknown motives?
I have to hand it to director Gregory M. Wilson and writer William M. Miller. This was made as a low-budget TV-movie for Chiller TV. As far as that goes, it looks great. The creature makeup is genuinely creepy and the sets look good.
They never quite convinced me that I was watching something happening in 1984. The lack of a soundtrack effectively reflecting the era and misplaced pop-culture references were definite hindrances in the process. It didn't help when characters exclaimed, "Eat my shorts" and "Don't have a cow!" These two catchphrases were coined by Bart Simpson in "The Simpsons," which didn't even gain real popularity until late 1989.
"Ghoul" boasts at least two veteran actors which are familiar to children of the 1980s. Barry Corbin portrays Timmy's grandfather. He was a supporting actor in several movies and TV shows from the decade like "WarGames," "Dallas," and "Critters 2." I'm sure tons of boys who were teenagers at the time will identify with my crush on Catherine Mary Stewart.Read more ›
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I’m a fan of Brian Keene although I have never read the novel upon which this made-for-TV film was based. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tim Janson
a brilliant adaption of a brilliant book!! will definatly take you by surprisePublished 21 months ago by James Sutton
Pretty ok b flick, but Keene is one of horror's best current novelest, would be nice to have some bug budget films to do his fine novels justice.Published on July 25, 2013 by Jerry H. Crabtree
I chose this movie because Brian Keene is my favorite author.....and even thought the movie was a little different then the book it is still a wonderful movie and I look forward to... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Laurie Lehman
This was just awful.
This is not a horror movie, this is a movie about child abuse, and it's a pitiful attempt at that. Read more
The ending was stupid and confusing. Where did the Ghoul go? That question wasn't answered. It was sad with the children dying in a flashback, but it only made it confusing.Published on February 20, 2013 by Cindy
It may look as just another TV movie, but the fact is that there is some Nietzsche philosophy hidden on it. The book was good. The books are always better. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Luis
This movie is alright and it's enjoyed to watch it but the book is better.So if you like movies that's not all that scary than this a movie for you and you're family. Lois BanksPublished on February 13, 2013 by Lois P. Banks