The Freeek brought this one to my attention and I took notice as haunted house films may be my favorite horror sub-genre (aside from Satanic cult & zombie flicks of course). Death of a Ghost Hunter snagged a Best Screenplay prize from the 2007 New York City Horror Film Festival.
20 years after the Masterson family is brutally murdered, paranormal investigator Carter Sims (terrible actress) is paid $5,000 by the owner to investigate claims that the house is haunted. Joining Sims is Colin the filmmaker (terrible actor), Yvette the reporter (terrible, terrible actress) and Mary the judgmental religious nutjob. (She was pretty good but how hard is it to play a Jesus freak, honestly?) Mary is present to make sure that the Masterson’s family honor is not disgraced by the investigation.
Quickly it becomes clear that the house is very haunted indeed. Chairs move, ghosts appear in the video footage and the details surrounding that fateful night are revealed in dramatic fashion. For a low budget indie flick, Ghost Hunter is effectively eerie and intriguing. Some of the “surprise” twists are laughably predictable but there are also some developments that made me stroke my chin and say “hmm”. Nothing to go cuckoo over but enjoyable nonetheless.