Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Screenplay by Roland Emmerich
Thomas Kubisch
Story by Roland Emmerich
Oliver Eberle
Starring Jason Lively
Tim McDaniel
Jill Whitlow
Leonard Lansink
Paul Gleason
Ian MacNaughton
Music by Hubert Bartholomae
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited by Pia Fritsche
Centropolis Film Productions
Distributed by Filmverlag der Autoren
Release dates
  • June 25, 1987 (1987-06-25)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Germany
United States
Language English

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.[1] Emmerich's third movie,[2] it starred Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Paul Gleason and Tim McDaniel.[3]

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.



  1. 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
  2. Fischer, Dennis, Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998, McFarland (2000), pp.170-171. ISBN 978-0-7864-6091-5
  3. Ghost Chase entry in New York Times film database. Retrieved 28 August 2014.

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