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Ghouls (2008)

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A college student returns with her father to his home country only to discover her family holds a dark secret that involves her.


Gary Jones


Kenneth M. Badish (story), Jason Bourque (screenplay) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Atherton ... Stefan
Erin Gray ... Liz
James DeBello ... Thomas
Kristen Renton ... Jennifer
Dan Badarau Dan Badarau ... Vlad
Corneliu Cimpoaie Corneliu Cimpoaie ... Mihai
Marian Iacob Marian Iacob ... Alexa
Roxana Iancu Roxana Iancu ... Adriana
Lucia Maier Lucia Maier ... Draga
George Grigore George Grigore ... Radu
Dumitru Stancu Petre Dumitru Stancu Petre ... Tosha
Ion Haiduc Ion Haiduc ... Bogdan
Serban Celea ... Dylan
Silvia Popa Silvia Popa ... Grandmother / Ghoul Queen
Ioana Abur Ioana Abur ... Jennifer's Mother


Stefan invites his daughter, Jennifer, to travel to Romania for the funeral of his mother. His mystic girlfriend Liz travels with them to the cursed village of Pelosoara, where they are welcomed by Stefan's brother Vladimir, and Jennifer finds the locals are very peculiar people. Jennifer learns that she is the only woman from the bloodline of her father. At the funeral a stranger approaches and asks Jennifer to meet him in the square in one hour. When Jennifer arrives at the meeting place, she sees a creature devouring the man she was there to meet and is saved by Thomas. The man tells her that he is the last druid on Earth, protecting the world against the evil ancients. They were defeated by the druids in the past and banished to the spiritual world. That night, there was to be a reclamation ceremony where the evil queen possesses a vessel to open a vortex between the spiritual and the real world to bring the ancients back to Earth. But Jennifer is to find out that things are more ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Dead Are Waiting


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore | See all certifications »



USA | Romania



Release Date:

12 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas Perversas See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Does for Romania what 'Wrong Turn' did for West Virginia...Actually, no, not really.
4 July 2010 | by thatsarapppSee all my reviews

This is one of those rare horror films that I find absolutely no enjoyment in whatsoever. I say rare because I am a huge horror fan, and even really bad horror films almost always hold my attention. I have spent many a Saturday just soaking in the glorious cinema the Syfy channel has to offer. The average movie-watcher's terrible horror film usually equates to a decent watch from my perspective. And more often than not, even the ones that are truly atrocious have moderate to exceptional comedic value. I'm afraid such cannot be said for 'Ghouls'.

It's biggest and most obvious flaw is the terrible plot. We know there are ghouls who are trying to reclaim something or another, and in doing so cross the plane from the spiritual world into the physical world. Beyond that, I'm not really quite sure what was taking place, or why. Speaking of that, I'm also a little confused as to what exactly was left to be accomplished for these ghouls as far as crossing over into the physical world, seeing as they actually feed on people's flesh, and can (somehow) be mortally wounded by gunshots and grenade blasts. Can't really get much more physical than that.

James DeBello is not a bad actor. No, he's really not. This was just not a role meant for him I guess. He was great in 'Detroit Rock City' as a goof ball stoner. He was even good in 'Cabin Fever', because even though that was a serious role, the film had its comedic elements, and his character was a huge part of that. He was just flat here. No emotional range at all. It was pretty rough to watch actually. Except that part on the horse and carriage where he grunted a lot. That was really funny.

The ghouls themselves were actually kind of cool to look at. That's about all that can be said for the film as far as positives. It is evident they had SOME budget to work with. The ghouls themselves weren't a total embarrassment. Effects otherwise were well above Syfy original-type standards. Other than that, this was pretty god awful boring. I see no reason to recommend anyone watch this film. Often even really bad films offer something. This offers nothing. Just a really dreadful film that you probably won't even make it all the way through before giving up and turning it off. (My ESPN the magazine on the coffee table eventually drew me away.)

Next time you're in the mood for some horror involving druids, human sacrifice and worship of Satanic beings, do some reading on George Bush and friends and Bohemian Grove. It's really much more interesting.

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