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The Ghouls (2003)

R | | Horror | 8 March 2005 (USA)
Eric Hayes is a video vulture preying on human violence and suffrage, selling his footage to the highest bidder. Eric's about to discover something beneath the streets even hungrier for blood than he is. He's about to discover the ghouls.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Muskatell Timothy Muskatell ... Eric Hayes
Trent Haaga ... Clift
Tina Birchfield Tina Birchfield ... Sue
Gil Espinoza ... Juan
Casey Powell Casey Powell ... Benny
Wil Garret ... Man with Baseball Bat
Stephen Blackehart ... Police Detective
James Gunn
Joseph Pilato ... Lewis (as Joseph Rhodes)
Tiffany Shepis ... Ghoul Victim
Ernest M. Garcia Ernest M. Garcia ... Mr. Wollen (as E. M. Garcia)
Nicholas Smith
Patrick Floch ... Bartender
Spider Terry Spider Terry
Jessica Garcia Jessica Garcia ... Prositute


Eric Hayes is a stringer. One notch below the lowest rung of the journalistic ladder. A video vulture preying on police chases, ambulance runs, and random street violence, selling his footage to the highest bidder and living on a steady diet of cigarettes and bloodlust. For years, Eric has lived off of other people's pain and misery. But he's about to discover something beneath the streets of Los Angeles even hungrier for blood than he is. He's about to discover THE GHOULS. Written by Jahad Ferif

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

8 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Dead: The Ghouls See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$68,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crappy World Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig, a famous crime-scene photographer in the 1920s and 1930s was the main inspiration of Eric Hayes. The original news stringer, Fellig was licensed to possess a "scanner" radio that allowed him to listen to frequencies used by the police and fire departments. This enabled him to arrive at crime and fire scenes, sometimes before the authorities did, as if informed by telepathic powers, to which his nickname, a corruption of "Ouija", alludes. See more »


Eric Hayes: Somebody stop that fucking retard!
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References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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Effective, scary, and unforgettable
6 March 2004 | by woods_kSee all my reviews

Minutes after watching Chad Ferrin's newest classic, I was hit with the thought that this film, The Ghouls, could well be the best horror film of the past couple of years. It left me with a strange taste in my mouth. It begs to question "WHO really are the ghouls? Are they the monsters, hiding away in the dark, waiting to tear you limb from limb? Or rather, are the ghouls the men who feed you this mythology, the men who will go to any means to give you what they want you to see, to believe?" Chad Ferrin has created a true vision of horror, one that you will not soon forget. The story follows Eric, played with perfection by Timothy Muskatell, a "stringer" who videotapes crimes and sells them to the media for the publics consumption. One night, in a drunken haze, he witnesses what he thinks to be a rape taking place. He runs in with his camera, only to see that the woman is not being raped-no, she is being torn apart by "The Ghouls", people that live underneath the city who eat human flesh. Realizing that he missed his opportunity to film the act that would make him rich, he enlists the help of Cliff, another stringer, to hunt down and film the ghouls. Cliff is portrayed by Trent Haaga, probably the finest actor working the B-movie industry today. Trent brings along his quick wit, and ability to steal a scene, to make the character of Cliff a fun guy to watch. What happens over the next few hours will test Eric's faith, and make him question who he is-WHAT he is. Chad Ferrin decision to shoot the film on DV, giving the film an authentic, scary look, was genius- it's almost as if you are right there, watching as the horror unfolds. Ferrin's take on the demorilizing aspects of the media and the depths to which some men will go to capture the truth is a true testament to his ability as a writer/director. Scary, thought provoking, and utterly unforgettable, THE GHOULS should be required viewing for those about to venture into the world of low budget filmmaking. This is how it should be done. I love this movie. And the ending-well, the ending is one for the books. Who are The Ghouls? See this movie, and decide for yourself.

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