My first interview for Pop-Break, or ever really, was actress/model Christine Quinn back in November of 2011. The main topics of the interview were a film that was being released that month, Humans vs Zombies and the, at the time, soon to be released Ghost of Goodnight Lane. Little did we know it wouldn’t be until a little over two years later when the film would be available to the public.
Here I am today, finally grasping the DVD in my hands with excitement to see what I have waited so long for.
The film takes place on a haunted Dallas film set, where a horror film is being shot by a cast and crew that has no idea of just how much danger they are in. One by one, they are brutally murdered by a vengeful ghost while they try to figure out the mystery of what is happening.
The only person who seems to understand is a creepy old woman who used to live in the house they are using as a studio. No one wants to listen to a scary old woman’s warnings, however, so the fault is their own in the end.
If you have paid any attention to anything I have ever written, then you are well aware of my love and respect for Scream Queen Danielle Harris. Much to my enjoyment, she is part of the cast, which also includes Lacey Chabert, Billy Zane and Richard Tyson, whom I haven’t seen since Kindergarten Cop. He is still rocking that ponytail, if you were curious.
With a lineup like that, this film is a horror nerd’s wet dream.
Billy Zane is excellent as director Alan. He provides much appreciated comic relief, my favorite parts of which include Christine Quinn herself. She plays Laurel, the hot dumb blonde with big boobs that all of the men, and a woman, on set are obsessed with. Alan seems to purposely try to excite Laurel just so she, and her large breasts, will bounce.
Chabert’s character, Dani, is the closest to what you could call a lead character. She seems to understand things are happening before others are willing to even accept it. She is the voice of reason in a crowd of self-involved Hollywood types.
The film was well cast and executed considering the smaller budget. The CGI ghost isn’t the greatest but what is lacking in graphics is made up for in blood. On more than one occasion, I found myself cringing. One specific scene involving broken glass had me making severe stink until the bridge of my nose was sore.
The Ghost of Goodnight Lane is a film that doesn’t take itself seriously. Whenever you start to think things are getting stupid, you have to remember that it is supposed to be that way.
I got a few good chuckles and I’ll admit that I jumped once or twice. Overall, it was worth the wait.
Check out The Ghost of Goodnight Lane, available on DVD and on iTunes.
Ann Hale is the horror editor for Pop-Break.com and a senior contributing writer, reviewing horror movies and television shows. She is also the American Correspondent for Lovehorror.co.uk. Ann attended East Carolina University, majoring in English Literature. She is a collector of Halloween (the film) memorabilia and is a self-admitted opinionated horror nerd. You can follow her, her collection and her cat, Edward Kittyhands on Twitter and Instagram @Scarletjupiter