Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails

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They couldn’t be more different, the members of the trio that allies in the fight against an Ancient Ice Ghost (AIG): Tom, an easily scared boy, Hetty, a professional ghosthunter and the loveable, but pretty slimy Hugo – a ghost! Will the team manage to save their town from the next ice age?


The Thompson parents are worried, because their eleven year-old son Tom often daydreams and is scared of lots of things, especially the dark, damp cellar beneath their apartment. Not entirely without reason, because it’s there that one day he meets a bright green, slime-dripping ghost: Hugo is an ASG, an Averagely Spooky Ghost, but completely harmless and totally loveable – even if he is quite a handful as soon becomes obvious.

But Hugo has a serious problem: a very dangerous Ancient Ice Ghost (AIG) has chased him out of his old house and now haunts it. This situation is a catastrophe for Hugo, because if he doesn’t get back to his old haunt by the next full moon, he’ll vanish forever. Tom wants to help Hugo and becomes friends with the clumsy ghost.

Luckily the Central Ghosthunting Institute (CGI) has fired their best, if not always particularly nice ghosthunter: Hetty Cuminseed. She’s simply not a team-player, says her boss, and there is only a limited need for old-school ghosthunters.

Tom asks Hetty to help his new friend Hugo. Even Hetty, who is usually immune to sentimentality when it comes to ghosts, is touched by this unlikely friendship. She agrees to rid the haunted house of the AIG. Realising she can’t defeat the powerful ghost alone, she requests help from the CGI ghosthunters. They have to act fast, because the ghost in the house is a real threat to the entire town. But the head of the CGI doesn’t take Hetty seriously and refuses to work with her. She makes it crystal clear that only CGI ghosthunters are allowed to fight against ghosts, and Hetty has been fired.

While the CGI ghosthunters are on the wrong track and still believe the AIG is hiding in Hugo’s house, the ice ghost has found its way directly to their headquarters. A special team is born – three ghosthunters of the most unusual kind, who prove themselves through friendship, courage and self-confidence in the fight against the evil ice ghost: a scaredy-cat boy, a professional ghosthunter, who doesn’t like children or ghosts, and Hugo, a clumsy, slimy blob.

Production Details

  • Runtime

    99 Min
  • Director

    Tobi Baumann
  • Scriptwriter

    Tobi Baumann, Murmel Clausen, Mike O'Leary, Martin Ritzenhoff, Christian Tramitz
  • Based on

    "Ghosthunters And The Incredibly Revolting Ghost" (Cornelia Funke) - published by Scholastic
  • Cast

    Anke Engelke, Milo Parker, Bastian Pastewka (as HUGOs voice), Christian Tramitz, Karoline Herfurth, Julia Koschitz, Christian Ulmen, Ruby O. Fee, Amy Huberman
  • Composer

    Ralf Wengenmayr
  • Camera

    Thomas Kiennast
  • Producers

    Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer
  • Co-producers

    Peter Wirthensohn, Tommy Pridnig, Christoph Ott, Dominic Wright, Jacqueline Kerrin
  • Distributor

    Warner Bros. Pictures Germany
  • With backing from

    FFF Bayern, BBF, DFFF, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmstiftung NRW, OEFI, FISA, Filmfonds Wien, Irish Film Board (+ Section 481)
  • World sales

    Beta Cinema


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