Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
|Directed by||Roland Emmerich|
|Screenplay by||Roland Emmerich
|Story by||Roland Emmerich
|Music by||Hubert Bartholomae|
|Cinematography||Karl Walter Lindenlaub|
|Edited by||Pia Fritsche|
Centropolis Film Productions
|Distributed by||Filmverlag der Autoren|
Hollywood-Monster (released as Ghost Chase in the United States) is a 1987 horror comedy film directed by Roland Emmerich, about a film crew working in a haunted mansion. Emmerich's third movie, it starred Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Paul Gleason and Tim McDaniel.
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 but in full frame and without any bonus material. The DVD is now discontinued.
Two cousins, Fred and Karl, live together in Hollywood. Fred, an aspiring horror-movie director with developed skills in SFX and animatronics, desperately tries to shoot his first movie in their house, but Karl, who plays the main male protagonist, keeps on flirting with the main actress. When she can't stand it anymore, the project is over, and the bills are pilling up.
Out of the blue, Karl 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, inspires him 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 another relative of Karl, Producer Stan Gordon, who wants the grandfather's heritage, 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 ghost armor, as the movie pays homage to the late 50-to-70's Sci Fi B movies.
- Jason Lively as Warren McCloud
- Tim McDaniel as Fred
- Jill Whitlow as Laurie Sanders
- Leonard Lansink as Karl
- Paul Gleason as Stan Gordon
- Ian MacNaughton as Frederick McCloud
- Chuck Mitchell as Mr. Rosenbaum
- Julian Curry as Lawyer
- Cynthia Frost as Secretary
- Andreas Kovac-Zemen as Pawn Shop Owner
- Toby Kaye as Laurie's Girlfriend
- Larry Pennell as Bum
- Ernie Lively as Production Manager
- Haase, Christine When Heimat Meets Hollywood: German Filmmakers and America, 1985-2005 Camden House, Rochester, NY (2007) p. 107. ISBN 978-1-57113-279-6
- Fischer, Dennis, Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998, McFarland (2000), pp.170-171. ISBN 978-0-7864-6091-5
- Ghost Chase entry in New York Times film database. Retrieved 28 August 2014.