Monster of the Day #694

We continue our look at Ghosthouse. Notice the reappearance of the doll, who periodically–by which I mean, every four or five minutes–appears like this with the ghost of this little girl. It’s like they assembled the movie from a Spooky Movie checklist. Spooky Doll: Check. Spooky Girl Ghost: Check. Spooky Ghost Dog: Check. Spooky Caretaker: Check. Spooky Homicidal Household Appliances: Check.*

[*That latter because this is specially the Umberto Lenzi Spooky Movie Checklist.]

I feel sorry for that young actress. She was presumably blinded for life after constantly appearing under that super-bright Klieg light scene after scene after scene, instructed to stare forward in an unblinking fashion because it’s all ghost-y.

  • Gamera977

    No Spooky Ghost Turtle??? (sniff)

  • Ken_Begg

    Well, not only did we watch Hausu and Ghosthouse this weekend, but Bermuda Depths as well. So we did get some Spooky Ghost Turtle action there.

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  • SteveWD

    Oh man – Bermuda Depths. I have seen it exactly once when I was about 7 years old. That I can remember it, yet alone remember things about it says something (not sure what) about that movie.

  • Ken_Begg

    It was a fairly early release on Warner Bros. burn on demand DVD service, so they must have had a fair amount of call for it. It’s an odd duck, but to be sure, a ghost / love / giant monster / Moby Dick story.

  • Ericb

    RIP weird Network TV Movie of the Week. Those bong parties at the TV movie meetings must have been a blast.

  • Cullen Waters

    The more I learn about this movie, the more I hear this little voice in my head cry out “Cullen, watch me! Cullen, watch me!”

  • To paraphrase Crow T. Robot, “That’s not a doll, it’s a little brother!” (Crow actually said “sister” but c’mon, the thing looks like a haunted Joe E. Brown!)

  • Ken_Begg

    It’s on YouTube!

  • zombiewhacker

    The Stranger Within: Barbara Eden is impregnated by an alien!
    Black Noon: Evangelists vs. devil cultists in the old west!
    Samurai: He’s a San Franscisco district attorney by day, avenging samurai by night!
    Killdozer: A bulldozer goes on murderous rampage against a construction crew!
    Where Have All The People Gone: Solar flares wipe out the planet, and one of the few remaining survivors is Peter Graves!
    The Last Dinosaur: Big game hunter Richard Boone vs. a T Rex!
    The Ivory Ape: Big game hunter Jack Palance vs. an albino gorilla!
    Night Slaves: It Came From Outer Space re-make with Leslie Nielsen!
    The People: More aliens! And William Shatner!
    Trilogy of Terror: Need I say more?

  • Flangepart

    Is this the first time we’ve seen the same monster twice in a week, or does the girl count as a seperate entitiy?

  • “Killdozer: A bulldozer goes on murderous rampage against a construction crew!”

    The sad part is, that one was based on a Ted Sturgeon short story that was actually rather creepy.

    And The Last Dinosaur? The Ivory Ape? Someone else remembers them? Hurrah, I didn’t imagine them!

  • Ken_Begg

    Last Dinosaur and Bermuda Depths are both available via Warners Burn on Demand service. Sadly, I think Ivory Ape no longer exists. At least I’ve never seen any sign of it, and I’ve been looking a long time. Hopefully it’s still tucked away in the vault somewhere.

  • The Rev.

    The girl’s a ghost; technically she’s this day’s MotD.

  • SteveWD

    The one shot that sticks with me from Last Dinosaur is that boulder doing the slow-mo rebound off the dinosaur’s head. I remember seeing that as a kid and thinking it was about the funniest thing ever. That’s the kind of stuff that gets you hooked on bad movies for life. By the way, weren’t all three of those movies Rankin-Bass productions?

  • Ken_Begg

    Yep, Rankin-Bass, Japanese co-productions.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yes, a murderous ghost certainly fulfills the parameters of MotD.

  • Sandy Petersen

    You will never regret buying your own copy of Ghosthouse. It is the movie that gives back a hundred times over.

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