Sunday, October 21, 2012

Right in the Bahoogies!

At the start of October, I kicked off the vault’s Halloween retrospective with a previously untested film which bit me in the ass with its awfulness. Since then, I’ve been hesitant to add another first-time viewing in the mix; partially for fear I’d find an even worse selection and also because there are so many wonderful choices out there. With wounds healed, I decided to once again dip into personally uncharted territories.

In a last-ditch effort to save his Irish heritage, Castle Plunkett, from relocation, well-intentioned Peter Plunkett (Peter O’Toole) vivifies the castle-turned-B&B by converting it to a haunted-castle-turned-haunted-B&B by enlisting the help and creativity of his staff. The spooky spectacle’s first victims include the crabby couple of Jack (Steve Guttenberg) and Sharon Crawford (Beverly D’Angelo) celebrating their anniversary, the priest-in-training Brother Tony (Peter Gallagher), the recently single Miranda (Jennifer Tilly) and with his family in tow Malcolm (Martin Ferrero), a parapsychologist anxious to prove Plunkett’s phantoms fake. When Peter’s charade falls apart all seems lost, but Jack interferes into the afterlife of actual ghosts of Mary (Daryl Hannah) and Martin (Liam Neeson) causing other-worldly, and inter-marital, complications. Meanwhile, the rest of Castle’s incorporeal inhabitants decide to legitimize their descendant’s phantasmic promises.


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