The Carpenter – Brandon Tenold

It’s part 2 of the Canuxsploitation-A-Thon with “The Carpenter” (1988), a classic tale of girl meets killer ghost handyman!

About Brandon_Tenold

Reviewer/Riffer/Lover of strange films from across cinema history.


  1. 6:30 – “‘Tis but a Scratch!”

  2. Snorgatch Pandalume

    I thought this was going to be one of those: “She’s really the killer and the guy who seems to be the killer only exists in her mind” movies, and it looks like that’s what they’re trying to make you think, since the murders are so surreal, but the movie trashes that idea at the end and has him be an actual ghost. I would have preferred the former approach, eschewing the supernatural elements and having the Carpenter just be a product of her deranged mind. Oh well.

  3. Wait a minute, you can kill ghosts with fire, or by vandalizing the house? So you don’t need all that fancy junk from the Ghostbusters?

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      Depends on the rules. In some mythologies, if a ghost is tied to some physical object, destroying that object will banish it.

      • You’re trying to apply some kind of “rules” to THIS movie; LOL!
        You have a better chance of making water flow upstream.

        • My wizard has a spell for that.

        • Snorgatch Pandalume

          Any work of fiction that contains fantastical elements–whether super science or magic–must have a consistent set of rules governing how those elements work. If it doesn’t do this–or establishes those rules and then breaks them–it becomes impossible for the audience to suspend their disbelief, and the writer has done a shitty job.
          Like you, I initially thought this was a psychological thriller, that it was the wife doing the killing and the carpenter existed only in her mind. That would have been much more clever than the generic ghost plot they ended up going with.

          • And that’s the problem!

            You’re expecting some kind of structure in a movie that looks like it was made for the price of a case of beer and a handshake.

            If it had better writing and directing, it could have been good.
            Mind you, you can say that about any sub par film!

    • Actually, I’m pretty sure that all undead are vulnerable to fire to a certain degree. Magical weapon enchantments also help.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        Depends on the mythology. Traditionally, noncorporeal undead like ghosts are immune to all physical harm and can only be affected by magical or spiritual forces. Often their existence is tied to some person, place, item, or event.

  4. I actually thought it was all in the woman’s head and she was the murderer.
    Or that no murders were actually taking place and the workmen were just walking off the project.

    Strange seeing the guy that played Arklon in Beastmaster 2 building a house.
    “Those that defy Arklon shall be renovated BY ARKLON!”

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