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Ghostkeeper (1981)

R | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1981 (Canada)
A group of three friends on a snowmobiling trip find themselves stranded at an abandoned lodge isolated in the mountains. They discover that an old woman resides in the hotel, along with an evil entity that she is keeping in the basement.

Director:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk)

Writers:

Jim Makichuk (as James Makichuk), Doug MacLeod (as Douglas MacLeod)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Riva Spier Riva Spier ... Jenny
Murray Ord Murray Ord ... Marty
Sheri McFadden Sheri McFadden ... Chrissy
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Ghostkeeper
Les Kimber ... Storekeeper
Bill Grove Bill Grove ... Danny (as Billy Grove)
John MacMillan John MacMillan ... Windigo
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Storyline

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. Written by anonymous

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Who Next Becomes The Keeper Of The Beast That Lives On Human Flesh? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Keeper See more »

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Budget:

CAD750,000 (estimated)
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Badland Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Compser Paul Zaza reuses some of his score for this film from another 80s horror film, Prom Night (1981). See more »

Quotes

Ghostkeeper: You're not allowed here, this place is closed.
Chrissy: Then what are you doing here?
Ghostkeeper: I ask the questions, girlie.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate introduction was filmed two years after the movie's completion by its distributors. The scene shows a young man running through the woods away from the hotel, who is then stabbed with a wooden stake against a tree. This alternate introduction appeared on some home video releases in Europe and Canada. The alternate introduction is not featured on the 1986 U.S. VHS release of "GHOSTKEEPER" from 'New World Video'. See more »

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References The Living Desert (1953) See more »

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Atmospheric chiller from the Great White North is overlooked and underappreciated
15 July 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

Poorly distributed during a period when the horror-film market was predominantly angled toward the slasher element, this low-key B effort is actually not bad at all, and should probably be reevaluated by genre fans.

A trio of young snowmobilers face mechanical problems deep in the forest, and chance upon upon a neglected and very isolated hunting lodge. Initially they believe the place to be abandoned, but latterly find it inhabited by a strange old lady and her son...as well as their "pet" Wendigo(a spirit of Native American lore, ever hungry for human flesh).

While there's not a lot of meat on the bones of this story, the subtle atmosphere of eerie desolation makes up heartily for that fact. And while the production values might be a peck below the par, GHOSTKEEPER maintains the methodical, slow and steady momentum of a dying heartbeat, a quality further punctuated by its lonely and foreboding deep-forest setting, wraithlike in its icy-white veil of winter snow. All in all, a forgivably flawed slow-burner which probably won't appeal to gorehounds or fast-action thrill seekers, but it should satisfy a low-pressure, caffeine-free type of viewership.

5.5/10


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