GhostQuake (2012) **1/2
D: Jeffrey Scott Lando
C: Jonathon Baron, Danny Trejo, M.C. Gainey, Lauren Pennington, Marc Donato, Gabe Begneaud, Shawn C. Phillips, Griff Furst, Dana Gourrier, Amanda Phillips, Mike Kimmel, Ricky Wayne, Charisma Carpenter
Plot Synopsis: When Holloman Academy, a posh New England private school, is visited by a demonic headmaster, a humble janitor, who is secretly the guardian of the school, teams up with the headmaster's grandson in order to save the academy.
Review: Summer time is the type of season where anything is possible. For me, it was a time of discovering horror films. Some of the films I could remember checking out for the first time, during the summer months (at my local video store, of course), include Chopping Mall, The Midnight Hour, Popcorn, etc. Those films captured my imagination and helped to form my lifelong love affair with the horror genre. GhostQuake is one of those films that hearkens back to my youth. It's the type of film where anything and everything is possible. This is not the type of film that is trying for depth or nuance. It's the type of film in which they are willing to do anything, no matter how goofy or silly it may seem, all in the name of entertainment!
Taking place in a haunted high school, the film is filled with the type of students that you might see roaming down the hallways of your local high school including Shawn C. Phillips as the fat sidekick who's good for some laughs, Jonathan Baron & Lauren Pennington as two students in a budding relationship and Gabe Begneaud as the school jock who likes to bully his classmates. Charisma Carpenter, whose appearance is arbitrary, turns up, as a librarian (of course). I wonder how many teenage boys dreamed of having a librarian that looked like her?!?
The film also takes elements associated with high school and gives them a frighteningly funny twist. Zombie formaldehyde frogs, anyone?!? GhostQuake isn't the type of film that is going to nourish your soul, but for 80 some minutes, it took me back to those nostalgic years of renting horror movies that sometimes abandoned logic & reason and went for the gusto, that went for whatever they thought would put on a good show for the audience. Sure, GhostQuake is goofy and completely preposterous. Yet, it's able to take those qualities and make them an asset. [Not Rated] 88 mins.
AKA: Haunted High
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