Review Date: October 26, 2001
Director: Steve Beck
Writer: Neal Stevens, Richard D'Ovidio
Producers: Gilbert Adler, Dan Cracchiolo
Tony Shalhoub as Arthur
Shannon Elizabeth as Kathy
Matthew Lillard as Rafkin
But I will give out props where they are due and that's with the ghosts themselves, who were pretty damn scary (anyone interested in a walking torso?) In fact, if you were as zoinked out by the weirdos from Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" video as I was, you will definitely crap your pants for these fellas, because they are creepy-looking, bloody and all-out disgusting...all the ideal qualities that you look for in a ghost! The problem is that even though their initial integration to the film is done with style and decent shock value, the "joke" gets stale after about five minutes, and all you're left with are too many jump-cuts, edits galore and barely enough information to register to your little brain as the pictures fly by at 1000mph. Granted, the otherworldly apparitions do offer the needed jolt every now and then, and the movie does move at a swift pace, but when all you get are jolt after jolt, you kinda start tuning out of the story after a while. Oh yeah, and the story, you ask? Well, like I said earlier, it started off with some promise, but once things got going inside the house, it felt very repetitive and ultimately down-shifted into just plain stupid.
I don't think this film is as horrible as some people say, and it certainly provided for some original kills (too bad that lawyer just had to split), but in the end, the film fails because it doesn't develop any real characters, beyond Shalhoub, goes for the over-the-top mumbo-jumbo dialogue to explain the basis of its story and offers too much flash and not enough substance. But if you want to be "grossed out" during Halloween, sit and watch a zillion flashes of light and listen to thundering sounds crawl their way through your body (without meaning much, of course), this MTV-style remake of the 1960 Castle classic, might just be the bloody mix for you.