Ghost Riders (1987) – Film Review

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Director: Alan Stewart
Cast: Bill Shaw, Jim Peters, Ricky Long

By Roger Crow

I’d love to be able to say positive things about this long forgotten semi-Western. And to be fair the Blu-ray packaging is rather nice.

But the film. Oh blimey. It’s pure am drama acting with a leaden script and some scenes just going on far too long.

It opens on a haunting night. A preacher and townspeople gather on a lonesome prairie as the lawless career of desperado Frank Clements is about to end. Just as the hangman’s noose tightens around his neck, the most feared outlaw of 1888 shouts a curse of revenge on the town preacher which will haunt the holy man’s family through generations.

ghost riders film review cover image“Return from hell”

A century later, the town is prospering. Clements and his gang return from hell to seek revenge against the preacher’s grandson and his family.

If you can cope with the shortcomings then there’s plenty of extras to keep you entertained, including a yack track with producers Thomas L. Callaway & James Desmarais and moderator Steve Latshaw.

There’s also a making of documentary, a vintage making of featurette, photo galleries, trailers and more.

Like the recently re-released Jungle Trap, this is one of those cult (aka rubbish) offerings that should have stayed lost.

Performances4
Direction4
Script3
Editing2
Extras6
Bonus Materials:
• Audio Commentary with director of photography / producer Thomas L. Calloway, writer/producer James Desmarais and moderator Steve Latshaw
• “Bringing Out the Ghosts: The Making of Ghost Riders” (new original documentary)
• Low Budget Films: On the Set of Ghost Riders” (vintage documentary)
• Movie Stills & Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
• English Subtitles
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• New Reissue Trailer
Ghostriders is released on Blu-ray by MVD
3.8
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