By that I mean Hamlet’s Ghost, a new film by Walker Haynes. I just saw it scroll past on my FIOS On Demand. I’d never heard of it! It appears new – their Facebook page says that it just became available this past week, which would explain why I never heard of it – but the IMDB page dates it 2015, so I guess it took a spin on the festival circuit first.
A modern Shakespearean actor must travel back in time to confront enigmatic forces from the past and future.
You had me at Hamlet. But I’m still trying to figure out how much Shakespeare is actually in this. Here, check out the trailer (which is dated two years ago and looks like the director put it together on his Commodore 64, but maybe he didn’t have much budget left at the time…):
So there’s a swordfight on stage. Is that it? Do we even see Hamlet’s ghost? I’m happy to check this out, but I can tell you right now that I’m in it for the Shakespeare so if there’s not much, I’m going to be disappointed.
Also, does anybody else get a strong “young George Clooney” vibe from the director / star, Walker Haynes? I don’t believe I’ve seen him in anything else, George Clooney is the name that keeps leaping to mind as I watch.
Be the players ready?
The credits list Gertrude, Horatio, Laertes and Polonius, so that gives me hope. Where was everybody else? I clicked “See full cast” and discovered Claudius, Osric and Fortinbras. Can’t find Ophelia anywhere, though.
Hey here’s a fun bit of trivia! Hamlet’s ghost (or, at least, “The Ghost”) does show up! The actor is someone whose credits include apparently long-running full time work as a transcriber for Shark Tank, and production assistant for The Real Housewives of Orange County. Guess the actual amount of acting experience needed for the ghost wasn’t too high.
Seriously, though, has anybody seen this yet? Is it worth seeking out?