Thursday, December 3, 2009

'Death of a Ghost Hunter' is a well-crafted spook fest

Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)
Starring: Patti Tindall, Mike Marsh, Davina Joy, and Lindsay Page
Director: Sean Tretta
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Professional ghost hunter Carter Simms (Tindall) is hired to lead a three-day investigation at a house where a preacher and his family perished twenty years ago in what appeared to be a brutal murder/suicide. Together with videographer Colin Green (Marsh) and journalist Yvette Sandoval (Joy), and joined at the last minute by the enigmatic fundamentalist Christian Mary Young Mortenson (Page), she sets out to locate and document any evidence of ghostly activity. What she finds will shock her. What she doesn't find will kill her.

"Death of a Ghost Hunter" is an expertly crafted ghost movie that manages to both hold to the traditions of the genre while also delivering unexpected surprises. It's a movie that will satisfy those in the audience who are interested in the "science" of ghost hunting (as portrayed in the "Ghost Hunters" television series, or by guests on late-night talkshow "Coast to Coast AM), as well as those who are just looking for a well-done supernatural thriller.