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Andrew (Brian Sutherland) and Mira (Lisa Coronado) are in debt due to
high hospital costs after a car accident that killed their daughter Emma
(Eden Campbell) and even left Andrew clinically dead for several minutes
before being revived. But now Andrew has the chance to win a small fortune
simply for spending a night in a supposedly haunted theatre owned by Mr
Black (Dennis Kleinsmith), who might be a sinister character, a harmless
eccentric, or even a shrewd businessman looking for an original angle to
promote the theatre he wants to open again soon.
Mira is dead against
Andrew spending the night in the theatre, thinking the place is really
haunted, but Andrew is sure it's not - after all, he has been clinically
dead, and all he felt was nothing, no light, no afterlife, no ... well,
nothing - so definitely no room for "ghosts" of any kind. That
hardly comforts Mira, as she is still "visited" by Emma - a
figment of her imagination, or her own imagination, even she can't tell.
Plus, of late Mira has had dreams of a mysterious singer, getting her
throat cut on stage ...
At the old theatre, Andrew at first finds
nothing out of the ordinary, and when he hears certain noises, sees
certain shadows, he at first believes it's just either intruders or a
set-up ... but eventually, he is sucked into the actual tragedy that has
happened here 80 years ago, where the original theatre owner (David A.
Crellin) killed his wife (Ramona Freeborn), her lover (Jeff Ferrell), and
then himself. The wife of course is the mysterious singer from Mira's
dreams ... a constellation that in the long run can lead to nothing but
Ghostlight is an old-fashioned ghost story in
the best possible way: It doesn't relie on effects and spectacle at all
but the build-up of atmosphere and the underlying mystery of its story, it
does tell its story in an original and pleasanty unexcited way, and is
rather good at developing its mystery. Add to this a subtle yet effective
directorial effort and very competent performances, and you've got
yourself a pretty good piece of genre cinema.