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Ghost Storm is a 2011 horror movie about a small island community attacked by a violent electrical storm fueled by the restless spirits of a mass suicide. It's up to Sheriff Hal Miller to save the town.


This film contains examples of:

  • Artistic License – Physics: Hal connects an electrical cord via jumper cable to a ground wire, and as he's holding it in place, he gets electrocuted. Apparently, the film makers don't fully comprehend the purpose of a ground wire, or insulating rubber.
  • Asshole Victim: Carl.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: It's a storm full of venegful spirits for crying out loud!
  • Ax-Crazy: Carl.
  • Blood Magic: The storm tendrils start getting replaced by evil blood tendrils later in the film, for... no reason, really. The plot plays it like the blood can get into cracks and places that fog from the storm can't, which couldn't make less sense, given that blood is thicker than air.
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  • B-Movie
  • Chekhov's Gun: The medallion on the memorial.
    • Ashley's weather balloons.
  • Creepy Cemetery
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Need to seal the cracks in your windows to keep out a ghost storm? Accept no substitute.
  • Everything Fades: An interesting application of this trope in film - victims of the storm deteriorate so quickly, they simply fall apart into dust.
  • Haunted Technology: The spirits apparently possess an iPhone in one scene.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Father Telmo was prepared to try, but he is killed before he can actually make the attempt. This solidifies the storm's place as a Jerkass.
    • Greg gives the medallion to Hal, protecting him from the storm tendril attacking them and making himself the target instead.
  • Hostile Weather
  • Naughty Tentacles: A man hides in the bathroom while trying to escape the Ghost Storm where a tentacle suddenly sprouts from the toilet and digs into the man's mouth right as he explodes in a burst of blood.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: A couple attempt to hide in a room from the Ghost Storm as it invaded the church. The girl then tells the guy that both of them should kiss, thinking doing so would spare them from the ectoplasmic abomination. Midway in the kiss, the man suddenly realizes the girl unexplainably becomes a desicated mummified corpse, causing him to scream in terror right as the Ghost Storm kills him.
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  • Secret Underground Passage: Under the church.
  • Slow Electricity
  • The Sheriff: Hal.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Mary sees the storm tendril approaching her rather slowly, so she... runs to her nearby car. But she doesn't start it, despite ample time. She just watches as it slowly seeps into the car, and only tries to get her keys out of her pocket after she's chest deep in the storm cloud.
    • Many of the townspeople are also this, after repeated requests to stay indoors, they insist on wandering around outside, looking at clouds.
    • Hal himself can be this. He seems to have a hard time believing the paranormal investigator when he says that the storm is paranormal... even after Hal was attacked by a ghostly tendril, and saw Doug killed by it.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The storm is the result of a murderous cult that was planning to sacrifice an altar boy. The town intervened, things turned violent, the cultists were burned alive, and the altar boy was killed in the crossfire. The storm is made of those malevolent spirits.
  • Tragic Mistake: The town attempts to defeat the ghost storm using a firetruck's hose and water cannon. Predictably, it does not work and cost the lives of two firefighters.
  • Trojan Horse: The basis of the plan to stop the storm. The plan was to fly the talisman on a weather balloon into the storm, operating on the same frequency as the storm as to fool the ghosts.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The storm tendrils are repelled by... fire extinguishers. For some reason.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Greg.


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