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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Ghost Storm

Will (Andrew Dunbar) becomes the first victim of the ghost storm settling in over Elman Island

Will (Andrew Dunbar) becomes the first victim of the ghost storm settling in over Elman Island

Since it's the Halloween season, I was kind of hoping for a disaster themed horror movie, but the only thing I had gotten out of this was a loosely based The Fog, which had been remade six years earlier.

As usual, a group of kids Daisy (Cindy Busby), Rob (Brett Dier), Will (Andrew Dunbar) and newcomer Melissa (Kasey Rohl) are up to no good in the cemetery just before a storm arrives. And of course, there's a local legend about lightening always striking a memorial to the Sabbath Suicide victims.

When the girls can't find the guys, they eventually find Will who scares them and as the storm arrives, lightening does strike the memorial causing it to crack (quite possibly the only "true disaster" in the entire movie). The boys want to explore further, but the girls not so much.

Well, Will decides that he needs to go to the bathroom and as he's relieving himself, a mist encircles him and sucks the life out of him.

The others wait for him in the car and Daisy gets a phone call from him along with a ghostly face. After screaming, they go to the memorial and find Will, which gives Daisy another reason to scream.

Over at the weather station, her mom Ashley (Crystal Allen) and assistant Brett (Nicholas Carella) talk about the storm that's just passed when she gets a call from her estranged husband Hal (Carlos Bernard) the island's sheriff. He tells her that Daisy called him and he's heading to the cemetery because of an accident involving Will. He's also mad that she isn't watching her, since it's her night for visiting.

Later that night, Daisy gets another phone call from Will asking for help, before the ghost face appears again.

The next day, Daisy tells Rob and Melissa about the call and she and Rob decide to go to the church to talk with Father Telmo (Ken Kramer) to learn more about the Sabbath Suicide. At the church, she sees a picture of some priests and one of them is the ghost face.

Will's dad Carl (Steve Bacic) goes to Doug (David Lewis) the coroner to see Will's body, but Hal tries to persuade him into not seeing it. Carl protests and goes inside where Will's body is just a pile of debris. He starts to blame Doug, but he has no explanation.

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That's when Officer Mary (Patricia Drake) is chased by a snake like cloud of mist and desperately tries to raise Hal on the radio. Mary too, becomes a pile of debris.

But over at the weather station, Ashley and Brett look at the computer as a storm cloud rises from the cemetery. She has him get the weather balloon and heads off to the cemetery.

When Hal asks her what she's doing there, she fills him in on the storm and sets the balloon off, where the cloud electrifies it, and the memorial explodes, and a mist tornado forms (sorry, this was basically the disaster) and turns itself back into a snake column and chases them.

After making it out of the cemetery, Hal calls for backup from the mainland as the residents take to the streets in panic.

Their panic is fueled by Greg Goropolis (Aaron Douglas) who tells them that a storm is coming, which is both electrical and paranormal. He tells the frightened residents that there's something evil lurking in the clouds and he's here to investigate.

And speaking of investigations, Daisy finds a journal in the basement of the church and reads some of it to Rob. She later finds out that her great grandfather was responsible for the Sabbath Suicide and now the town folk are hunting down Ashley as the cause of everything.

The residents head for the marina where the ghost cloud overtakes the ferry from afar taking those souls in its column and heads back into town.

Hal hits the siren and tells everyone to stay indoors and to lock all doors and windows and to seal any cracks from the evil. Of course, there are some who don't listen.

Ashley and Hal go to the weather station and devise a plan to stop the carnage and well, you know they end up back together, in true disaster fashion.

This isn't a really bad movie and there are a lot of things that don't make sense, but it does have a lot of eye candy, so that's why I'm calling this a horror themed disaster porn movie, even though it's in name only.


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