The Ghosts of Edendale

"The Ghosts of Edendale" wrings middling results from a somewhat novel idea; tale of a young new-to-Hollywood couple who find their home and themselves taken over by long-dead industry personalities suffers from dull dialogue, primitive f/x and a generally cheap air. Enterprising but never convincing, pic may find an uphill road on small-screen.

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With: Stephen Wastell, Paula Ficara, Andrew Quintero, Louis Pepe, Keith Fulton, Robert Lane, Maureen Davis.

“The Ghosts of Edendale” wrings middling results from a somewhat novel idea; tale of a young new-to-Hollywood couple who find their home and themselves taken over by long-dead industry personalities suffers from dull dialogue, primitive f/x and a generally cheap air. Enterprising but never convincing, second feature for helmer-editor-scenarist Stefan Avalos may find an uphill road in equaling small-screen sales success of his debut “The Last Broadcast.”

Midwestern hopefuls Kevin (Stephen Wastell) and Rachel (Paula Ficara) are initially delighted to score an inexpensive hillside manse with hot tub and cinematic history — apparently, the entire area was once a ranch owned by silent Western star Tom Mix. But neighbors seem a little too eager to absorb newcomers into their sinister fold, while Rachel, already predisposed toward neurosis, starts experiencing alarming visions. Meanwhile, aspiring scenarist Kevin seems to be channeling retro screenplays and growing ever more surly and confident in his biz dealings, a la John Cassavetes in “Rosemary’s Baby.” Basic concept is intriguing and the ending nifty, but occasionally creepy execution is hampered by routine writing and so-so integration of fantasy elements. Perfs, tech aspects are just adequate.

The Ghosts of Edendale

Production: A Mixville II production. Produced by Marianne Connor. Directed, written by Stevan Avalos.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Lukas Ettlin; editor, Avalos; music, Vincent Gillioz; production designer, Marianne Connor. Reviewed at San Francisco Horror Festival, March 23, 2004. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Stephen Wastell, Paula Ficara, Andrew Quintero, Louis Pepe, Keith Fulton, Robert Lane, Maureen Davis.

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