The Asylum Would Much Rather You Call Them Ghosthunters


Hey, you got your Ghostbusters mockbuster in my Conjuring mockbuster! No, you got your Conjuring mockbuster in my Ghostbusters mockbuster! Who’s The Asylum gonna call? Ghosthunters!

The busy beavers at The Asylum have been working overtime this summer, rolling out a slew of new films designed to ride the coattails of some of the summer’s biggest blockbusters: Independents’ Day, Sinister Squad, and now Ghosthunters.

Stephen Manley, David O’Donnell, and Liz Fenning star in writer-director Pearry Teo’s fright flick that seems to be taking a less comical approach to the concept of a team of scientists working together to battle and capture ghosts.

When one of their own loses his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer, a team of ghosthunters are determined to capture the spirits of the loved ones so they can finally rest in peace. But as the team members go deeper into the house, the ghosts become more hostile, and they discover the true secrets of the house and its murderer.

It would be easy to dismiss this as just another Asylum knock-off except the trailer for Ghosthunters actually looks rather intriguing to me. Teo has given the film a gloomier, more cinematic look than other Asylum mockbusters that come to mind, and I rather like what I’m seeing with the seemingly steampunk-infused concept of having Ghostbusters battling Blumhouse-style ghosts rather than Slimer, Stay Puft Mashmallow Man, and the other Saturday morning cartoon-ish ghosts of the controversial reboot. Maybe they should have called this one Ghostblumers instead?

I’ve even come across dueling artwork for Ghosthunters. One sells it as a straightforward horror film, and the other clearly plays up the Ghostbusters angle. Even the trailer seems to be at odds with itself, selling a movie that’s trying to be its own thing while goofy taglines appear that scream “mockbuster.”

Ghosthunters begins busting on VOD July 5th. I ain’t afraid of no mockbuster.




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