REVIEW: Burien native’s ‘Ghostlight’ will scare you at Tin Theater Saturday
by Justin Bennett
It starts out a bit quick, kitschy, and yes, even a little cheesy, but about fifteen minutes in, Ghostlight hits its stride and paces out to become a thoroughly satisfying – and frightening – horror movie.
Written, directed, produced, and co-starring Burien native Jeff Ferrell, Ghostlight made its cinematic debut at the Tin Room Theater last Thursday (Oct. 17th) and runs through tonight (Saturday, Oct. 19th) playing at 10 p.m.
Everything about Ghostlight is local and independent – it was shot in the historical – actually haunted – Everett theater over the course of ten days in 2012. The story focuses around Andrew, a married man with a troubled past, who wins a chance to test his luck and spend one night alone in the theater. If Andrew survives the night he will be rewarded with $50,000 – more than enough to pay off his family’s debts and start fresh with his loving wife who seems tethered to their past.
Director Jeff Ferrell is a 27-year-old Burien native who graduated from Highline High School in 2004 and attended the Seattle Film Institute in 2008. Many of the actors in Ghostlight Ferrell met at the film institute and they work together often.
Ferrell was inspired to write the movie after spending the night himself in the Everett Theater last year.
“I spent the night alone there and experienced quite a few paranormal events,” he said.
Jeff began writing the script the next day and shot the film some ten months later. Ghostlight is his first feature length film.
It seemed natural to Jeff that Ghostlight‘s theatrical release be in his hometown of Burien.
“My goal is to let people see the movie in a theater, as it was originally shot in a theater and intended to be seen in one. That’s why I booked it at the Tin Room Theater and why I am trying to get it into as many theaters as possible before it is released on DVD,” Ferrell said.
Ghostlight finishes its debut at the Tin Theater tonight. It is also scheduled to be shown at the Grand Illusion Cinema in the U-District this Monday (Oct. 21st). Then down in Portland from the 24th-25th before finishing its scheduled screenings at the Everett Theater where it was shot, on Halloween night. All the proceeds from the final halloween screening will be donated to the Everett Theater according to Ferrell.
The theater only seats 40 people, so be sure get there early to secure your seats! Food and drinks are served in the theater and in the adjoining restaurant/lounge, and all guests must be 21 and older.
Here’s the trailer:
The movie is scheduled to be released digitally and on DVD by spring of next year.
More information can be found at ghostlightfilm.com.