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Ghost Chase
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Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Screenplay byRoland Emmerich
Thomas Kubisch
Story byRoland Emmerich
Oliver Eberle
Starring Jason Lively
Tim McDaniel
Jill Whitlow
Leonard Lansink
Paul Gleason
Ian MacNaughton
Music byHubert Bartholomae
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited byPia Fritsche
Centropolis Film Productions
Distributed by Filmverlag der Autoren
Release date
  • June 25, 1987 (1987-06-25)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryWest Germany
United States

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A co-production between West Germany and the United States, the film was released theatrically in Germany on June 25, 1987. It would eventually be released on video cassette in the United States on February 7, 1990, by M.C.E.G. Virgin Home Entertainment. In 2001, the film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment.

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Out of the blue, Warren is called out to the reading of his grandfather's will and testament. The boys end up with an old clock, inhabited with the spirit of Warren, Karl's grandfather's deformed butler. The benevolent spirit, having appeared to Fred in the night, as well as showing him a flashback of the day he and Warren's grandfather Karl died, which Karl poisoned himself, and sealing himself in the basement with all his money to prevent his family from getting any, and unfortunately the butler dies falling down stairs. The dream inspires Fred in making a new script for which he builds an animatronic version of the butler, whose spirit inhabits.

The butler and the boys will help each other as they face a new problem the son of Warren's grandfather's partner who managed to swindle Warren;s family out of their property, Producer Stan Gordon, who wants the grandfather's heritage to be kept secret, and try to get Fred's new movie made. It will all end in a race against the clock in an old house basement, and a fight against a demented ghost armor, as the movie pays homage to the late 50-to-70's Sci Fi B movies.


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