Tamar Lamberson, Richard Chizmar (executive), Erin Elizabeth Heald (executive) for Kwakutl Films
directed by Gregory Lamberson
starring Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Kaelin Lamberson, John Renna, Richard Satterwhite, Michael Thurber, Willow Anwar, Kim Piazza, Paul McGinnis, Amy Hoffman, Kyle Mecca, Bob Rusch, Sam Qualiana, Constance Caldwell, Matthew King, Billy Chizmar, Alexander S. McBryde, Bill Brown, Michael O'Hear, John Renna jr, Bob Bozek, Erin Elizabeth Heakd, Joe Blodgett, Craig Sabin (voice)
screenplay by Gregory Lamberson, based on the book by Richard Chizmar, Billy Chizmar, music by Armand John Petri, Joe Rozler, stop motion and miniature effects by John Vincent, visual effects by Chris Cosgrave
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Thomas Livingston (Craig Sheffer), a writer desparate for a hit,
decides to pull a publicity stunt and lock himself into the spookiest
place in the country, the lighthouse at Widow's Point, for the weekend and
document it all on camera for maximum exposure. His agent (Richard
Satterwhite) is understandably thrilled by the idea and sends along his
assistant Rosa (KateLynn E. Newberry) and tech guy Andre (Dominic Luongo)
to supervise the whole thing - remotely, as Thomas goes into the
lighthouse on his own. At first, nothing much happens, Thomas just
recounts creepy stories about the lighthouse, like when a friend (John
Renna) killed the last lighthouse keeper (Paul McGinniy) and his family in
the 1930s, or that actress (Amy Hoffman) that hung herself from the
observation platform during a shoot at the place in the 1980s. He
eventually finds the journal of the lighthouse keeper's daughter (Kaelin
Lamberson), who writes about seeing apparitions of a ghostly lady in a
wedding gown (Willow Anwar), apparitions she managed to wish away - only a
few weeks before she and her family got slaughtered. But at first it seems
that apart from telling a few good stories, nothing about the stunt is
particularly spooky - until, without Thomas's knowledge, the camera's
picture transmission goes blank, and while Rosa and Andre desparately try
to fix it (but fail), they can still hear Thomas, his ramblings becoming
creepier and creepier, as things start to go out of control: Objects from
the stories he has told start to pop up and disappear rather randomly, the
food he brought goes bad before time, the water turns salty, and soon
enough, Thomas gets the feeling he's not alone in the lighthouse - and
what's worse, whoever's there with him is not or no longer human ...
very nice haunted house flick that chooses an original approach to tell a
familiar story, that has all the scares and suspense scenes in all the
right places, and manages to get the most out of its slowburn narration.
And Craig Sheffer's given enough space to come into his own and make his
character and slow descent into madness palpable, while he's supported by
a very solid ensemble. And of course a great location made good use of
also helps making this one entertaining spooker.