CASPER THE PSYCHIC GHOST
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 03/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A straight to DVD release that's as predictable as this year's Oscars (except for CRASH of course). Real life hubby and wife Casper van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg star in this tale of a young cop who "dies" and is brought back to life---with strange premonitions that all come true. This includes an earthquake, a train wreck and an explosion, and of course, a terrorist attack as well. Van Dien tries to convince his wife and police chief (a sturdy Lorena Gale) that these visions are real, and he even stumbles onto a mysterious man who says he has them too.
The special effects are right cheesy, and the whole movie reeks of cheepo, but it's entertaining on a subliminal primitive level."
Any movie with Casper is worth 5 stars
Mark | Madison, Wisconsin | 01/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am giving this movie 5 stars because of the actor Casper Van Dien. He is right fine to look at and have enjoyed his movies that he has acted in if nothing more than to just look at him. This movie is an ok movie with bad special effects. The plot was a good one, but was a failed attempt to execute it. It is worth a watch for entertainment and being a fan of Casper."
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 06/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""The Psychic" was a USA network TV movie originally titled "Premonition." Jonas Quastil who has done a number of horror genre films including "Scourged" directed. There is a pesky bullet hole in the left shoulder of Van Dien's jacket that keeps disappearing and reappearing out of sequence, but aside from minor continuity issues, the film works fairly well. It was written by Will Stewart who has the wonderful distinction of playing Crackhead #2 in "Training Day." Casper Van Dien who I best remember as Brom Van Brunt in the Johnny Depp film "Sleepy Hollow" plays police detective Jack Barnes who experiences death and comes back with psychic powers. Van Dien does a good job, except for one moment when he's shaking Dexter Manning and his eyebrows arch like, "Won't you just be a good guy?" His real-life wife Catherine Oxenberg who also starred with him in "The Omega Code" plays (SURPRISE!) his wife Kate. She doubts his new abilities and gives him a hard time about it. Kyle Jordon Drewitz plays their son RJ, who winds up kidnapped. [spoiler alert] Just when you think the worst is over, he forgets to put his seatbelt on and falls out of the helicopter. Lorena Gale who had a small part in "The Fantastic Four" plays the police Captain Gloria Smith. She does well in the picture with the limited range she's asked to play. Earl Pastko plays Vargas, another psychic who keeps following Van Dien around. David Palffy does a good job as the scary boss Nazir who shoots his friends just to prove a point. John Tench played Redneck #2 in "Brokeback Mountain" & here plays the klutzy assassin Goran with flare. Paul Anthony has nice but limited moments as Dexter Manning who gets manhandled by Van Dien's Jack Barnes. "The Psychic" is certainly a "B" movie, but the action keeps our interest for the most part. Enjoy!"