Call Girl Of Cthulhu. An interesting title to be sure. Saturday opened with a film called Son Of Ghostman (2013). I said in my last review that not all films screened were really horror films. This was another one like that. It isn't a horror film, but has to do with the horror genre in a way at least.
Denny (Devin Ordoyne) has recently lost his job and is unsure what to do with his life now. He does have a bit of an obsession with an old horror TV show that features his favorite horror host, Ghostman. Recently a new horror host is taking hold, Count Dracool, who Denny has a strong dislike for. For one thing, he has known Rick (Kurt Larson) since high school, and he feels that Rick has no respect for those that came before him. The fact that Count Dracool is also trying to sell his own brand of sun screen isn't going over too well with Denny either. Denny goes to a live shoot for Count Dracool's show, where the guy who once played Ghostman is to make an appearance. Rick doesn't treat the guy to well, which of course makes Denny mad, but Denny does meet Claire (Angela Gulner). Once home, Denny gets drunk and put on makeup like his idol Ghostman. He sets up a video camera and goes on a rant about Count Dracool. Denny is awakened by Zack (Matthew Boehm) the next day. After finding out what happened, Zack takes the video and uploads it the internet, which becomes a popular video. After a lot of talking by Zack, Denny decides to do his own show as the Son of Ghostman. He enlists the help of his best friend Carlo (Marlon Correa) to help with everything. Is this something that Denny really wants to do though?
Son Of Ghostman was written/directed by Kurt Larson. The film is more of a romance than anything else. There is a good healthy dose of comedy as well, but more of the smart ass type of comedy. As I said above, nothing about Son Of Ghostman gives it a horror movie feel. There is a lot about the horror hosts we see on TV, which is a common theme at horror conventions anymore. Even though I was disappointed that this wasn't a horror film, at least Apocalypse Kiss had murders in it, I still have to give Son Of Ghostman its due. For a film I wasn't expecting much out of, it was really a nice surprise. The main story is Denny trying to figure out what he wants out of life, and coming to terms with himself as well. The possible romance between Denny and Claire isn't forced and doesn't take away from the rest of the story. Things do get a little slow here and there. My only other complaint is that we don't get to see Denny's show enough. That is really too bad since I thought that is when the movie really shined.
The acting and the interaction between the different actors was great. I ended up being really impressed by Devin Ordoyne. He was charming and often funny. The way he plays up being Son of Ghostman was a little surprising to me, but it works very well. The constant bickering between Zack and Carlo was also funny. The romance between Denny and Claire builds slowly, which was nice because it wasn't love at first sight type thing. Matthew Boehm was the only actor that I thought could have been better. I only say that because he mostly only had one facial expression it seemed like.
I was surprised at how well Son Of Ghostman worked for me. I think it was a nice surprise for everyone that was there as well. There was a lot of laughter at times, and there was a nice applause for it at the end of the film as well. It would have been nice to have seen an entire episode of Denny's show, besides the one we do see towards the end that is. I hope that other horror fans will give Son Of Ghostman a chance. It is a fun movie that is a joy to watch.
4 out of 5 I will the horror hosting to someone else
4 days ago