Having a bit of an interest in scary movies and freaky ghost stories, I sat down to watch this 2007 indy release which was a selection at the Phoenix Film Festival and won the 2007 New York City Horror Film Festival award for best screenplay.
Based on that fact, and some reviews which claimed that this was a genuinely scary movie I decided to give it a go despite the fact that I’m not at all a fan of low budget indy films.
Well I’m going to give it an award, too. It’s going to be called the “I want my 105 minutes back” award.
I have no problem at all telling you that this movie had some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. I mean that, too. I’ve been to third grade productions with MUCH better actors than this film had in it. The only person who was even slightly believable was the main character, played by Patti Tindall and though her acting was average, there was nothing it could do to save the movie.
Consistency issues, terrible cinematography, some of the worst sound mixing I’ve ever heard in my life (one minute the audio was nearly too soft to be heard and then sounds on another track would come in which were so loud I had to turn the volume down) and very poor direction and production were the hallmarks of Death of a Ghost Hunter.
I hate to say that even a scene with some full-frontal nudity and a cat-fight (TERRIBLE fight choreography, by the way) couldn’t drag this one out of the abyss.
And whoever thought this movie was scary…well…they probably pee their pants watching Goonies.
SKIP IT! And never trust the New York City Horror Film Festival.