Teenage Ghost Punk, Delivers Family Friendly Supernatural Horror
Director: Mike Cramer
Writer: Mike Cramer
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music
Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes
Newly-divorced Carol moves with her kids, Amanda (16) and Adam (12), from rural Michigan to a Victorian house near Chicago. As the three begin to adjust to their new surroundings, strange things start happening. Creepy noises. Unexplained messes. Old punk rock albums missing.
Suspecting the house is haunted, Adam and Amanda hire a wacky medium and a team of bumbling paranormal investigators to help, then discovers on her own that the house is haunted by the ghost of a 17-year-old punk guitarist named Brian, and his fun-loving band of dead pals.
Amanda and Brian form a friendship that soon veers toward romance. When the past collides with the present, how will Amanda solve her future?
The film centers on Amanda Poplawski a character who meets a ghost, or a haunter, named Brian. Amanda’s encounter begins after her family moves to a new town so their mom can start a new career.
Amanda receives heartbreaking news that both her boyfriend and best friend started dating. The relationship began shortly after Amanda left. It is at that point Amanda builds an unlikely friendship with Brian. The connection spirals into something much stronger when feelings for Brian become romantic.
Soon, Amanda learns of other haunters trapped throughout the neighborhood. The relation between Brian and Amanda’s mother Carol have a shocking connection. This startling discovery leads to a confrontation between mother daughter, and Brian. Adria Dawn portrays Carol. After this, Brian and his other deceased friends decide that they want to move on from the world.
Teenage Ghost Punk is a fun family-oriented paranormal film. The film has a beautiful plot and interesting characters. Once it gets going, it captures the viewer.
The diversity of the haunters was a very nice touch. These ghosts remained trapped in time. From the 1700’s, 1800’s, and 1900’s each period coincided with their life and deaths. This was a great idea that could have seen an expansion with the potential to be more.
The practical effects were good with a focus on the group of haunters. The different wardrobes and personalities fit right in with their specific time eras.
Teenage Ghost Punk is not scary by any means. The special effects were a little mediocre. It’s on the same level as Goosebumps.
The progression between time periods and character backstories could have been better. The film lacked visual presenting the time and era. This is where the special effects sort of fall through the cracks.
Mike Cramer does an exceptionally good job at this story. He mixes in the past, present, and a hint of the future to create a stunning timepiece that will intrigue the viewer.
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