Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ghosts The Still Walk (1977)



Can’t sleep? Do the hours slowly pass through the night while your body decided it’s just not going to sleep? Throw out those No Doze and whatever doctor prescribed sleeping medicines you may have, fire up the VCR and take a gander at Ghosts That Still Walk. It is guaranteed to put you to sleep in first twenty minutes or your money back!

Ruth Douglas (Caroline Howe) is the grandmother of Mark Douglas (Matt Boston). She has brought Mark to psychiatrist Dr. Sills (Rita Crafts) to try and get help for Mark because he is having episodes of seizures and migraine headaches. Mark has an odd episode on the first visit where he thrusts his hand into a glass case to try and acquire an old Indian relic on display in the Dr.’s office. This then leads to a session of hypnotherapy with the Grandma Ruth for some reason. During the session we learn of Mark’s grandparents’ nightmare vacation out in the desert in the family Winnebago. 
Grandma sleeping.....something you will do too.
What follows next is truly sleep inducing as Grandma and Grandpa Douglas ride around the desert being the good ole God fearing grandparents that they are. As they pass through the desert they are assaulted by some unseen force which makes the keys in the ignition jiggle around before taking control of the camper. They swerve around the road for a good fifteen minutes before stopping. And by fifteen minutes I don’t mean Hollywood fifteen minutes, I mean an ACTUAL fifteen minutes of watching old people pretend they are being tossed around in a moving camper. At the end of the ordeal Grandpa decides that having a salad will make everything better. Really he says this, I am not joking. 

Ruth! Stop this crazy thing!
As they recover from their “frightening” ordeal they are then assaulted by more paranormal activity as rocks and boulders begin to make their way across the desert to try and cause harm to the elderly couple. So now we are subjected to a good ten minutes of rocks, rolling end over end, forever taking their sweet time to make it anywhere remotely close to the camper. They finally make it out and to the campgrounds to try and enjoy their vacation. Unfortunately while at the campground, Grandpa decides to climb up on the top of the camper to fix the air conditioning. While he is up there the camper mysteriously starts up on its own and takes off with Grandma inside all a flutter and Grandpa hanging on top for dear life. So now we get even more swerving, old lady tossing and old man pretending to be hanging onto the top of the camper……another 5 or 6 minutes worth of this until the camper stops and Grandpa has a heart attack. By this time you are really pretty much ready to turn this thing off but for some reason it beckons you to stay seated. Either this or you have fallen asleep and won’t wake up until the tape stops and rewinds itself.

Another moment of sleep.
It also turns out that Mark’s mother is an archeologist who has been studying the ancient Indian tribe that was indigenous to the area. The same desert area that Grandma and Grandpa were experiencing their paranormal activity. Mark’s mother has unearthed several Indian mummies from one of the caves and decides to get into their heads. She makes subconscious contact with them which causes Mark to become possessed by the Indian spirit. Mark then starts to experience out of body experiences and demonstrated plenty of odd behavior which of course sparked the visit to Dr. Sills. The astral projection sequence is probably the best part of the movie and is filmed in an eerie way that is kind of creepy but certainly doesn’t save this film by any means. The movie is just flat out boring and a chore to sit through. 

While asleep leave your body and find another movie to watch.
So anyway after Mark’s out of body experience his legs are rendered paralyzed and is confined to a wheel chair. Dr. Sills realizes that Mark is somehow possessed and lost his astral body to that of the spirit of the Indian who seems pretty pissed off. They make a special trip to the desert and bring Mark to the entrance of the cave. Here we find the mummies laid out on funeral pyres and somehow they catch fire and the spirit of the Indian returns to the mummified body and is forever set free while Mark gets his astral body back and he hugs his Grandma. The End. 

 I really don’t know what more to say. This movie was boring. Just boring as boring could be and I really hoped for some type of demonic show down at the end, which technically happened but there was no fanfare at all. Just some shots of Mark staring at the pyres and bam! All is good. This was one of those titles that I thought the cover art looked cool. I liked the title of the movie and had hoped that it was a diamond in the rough. Alas, tis no treasure to be found here, only a sleep agent. 

For some reason I can't get Blogger to load the trailer so here is the link....sleep tight!

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