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Ghost Story

6.31 h 50 min1981X-Ray18
Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.
John Irvin
Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas
English [CC]
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1072 global ratings

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LarkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good vengeful haunter tale
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I bought the Peter Straub book which I believe this is based upon some time ago, it is a great book, a pretty traditional ghost story, or so I thought, and this is a good adaptation of it. A better, that is to say closer, adaptation to film of the story than I have come to expect of film adaptations, it also has some great special effects for a film of its time too. I do not believe that there is anything really groundbreaking in terms of the actors and actresses performances or the direction and cinematography but I enjoyed it.

The story is one of a group of friends who have conspired in a cover up of events of some time past, criminal events or at best complicity in criminal events, they form an exclusive society ostensibly a gentleman's club which specialises in macabre tales. An outsider attempts to gain admission to their exclusive parties, only succeeding in doing so when the story he tells actually intersects with the experience of those who are already members of the group. Their past is catching up with them in the form of a haunting, from this point the story then concentrates upon the attempts to defeat the restless, vengeful spirit.

What I thought was good about this film, and the story it is based upon, is that it does not try to settle ever question or make apparitions appear that easily, or finally, dealt with by something like a full disclosure of the past etc. The best supernatural tales are ones that do not enirely make sense or do not reach that sort of conclusion as I think it is only they that can involve any sort of fear, otherwise it is just a matter of being able to exercise enough deduction or detective skills.
13 people found this helpful
AJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Chiller, Perfect For The Festive Season When The Kids Are In Bed....
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Classic & classy horror movie, loaded with atmosphere. The opening 10 minutes has a death that you will never forget and sets the scene for a chiller that relies on both sustained menace and several effective jump scares. The film looks great, there are some wonderful Albert Whitlock matte paintings and some horribly gruesome make up fx from Dick Smith although there is no graphic gore. There is some female nudity from the then stunning Alice Krige who is the film's main protagonist. The autumn/winter settings and small town feel serve it perfectly too. Plenty of creepy old buildings and a mix of period and (then) modern day are also effective. You never know what's just around the corner.

This is a prime one for a Xmas night or Boxing day spooky treat when the kids are in bed! It might just give you a Fright!! He he He....
20 people found this helpful
Weirdling WolfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
absence only made Eva's hateful black heart grow ever colder!'
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Horror Maestro Stephen King once said that you should never write an unhappy ending...I'm so very glad Peter Straub didn't listen! Some hardened fear-fans are apparently gored rigid by John Irvin's frost-bitten 80s fright-fest 'Ghost Story', while many others are scared stiff! Alice Krige's ice-cold dish Eva Galli gives evil good dead! The venerable old gentlemen of 'The Chowder Society' like to tell tall tales...but on this especially fateful night they won't even have the ghost of a chance to finish it! With an impeccable cast of Hollywood veterans, one of the most sensual, and immaculately sinister succubi ever projected upon the silver scream, the majestically mouldering, ground-breaking practical FX by visionary make-up genius Dick Smith, and a wonderfully evocative score by Philippe Sarde guarantees the more darkly discerning horror fan the most diabolical nightmares! 'The sleepy inhabitants of Milburn haven't stirred for over 200 years...right up until the evilly enticing Eva returned to remind her favourite 'boys' that their prolonged absence only made her hateful black heart grow ever colder!'
AntiusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good film.
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This film was adapted from a long book and too much was omitted for the sake of fitting the story into the brevity of a film. The story is disjointed and it fails to instill any sense of fear or horror into the viewer, which is really essential to the effect that it is trying to achieve. The poor effects of the early 80s do not help the situation.

It was saved from failure and is now something of a classic, thanks entirely to the stellar performance of Alice Kriege. This actress has exactly the right combination of qualities to perform flawlessly the role of the vengeful spirit of a murdered young woman - stunning beauty, a strong and commanding voice and impeccable self-control, qualities that allow her to appear slightly sinister. She would go on to win the roles of numerous characters, many of them complex villains. This film, in spite of its flaws, is one of my favourites thanks to her execution of the principal character.
Eddie mReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A bit naff
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Poor story .
Basically 4 guys are hanging around a woman in the 1930s . She's pushed by one of them and accidentally hits her head and they think she's dead .
They put her body in the car and dump the car in the lake .
50 years later the lady returns to take revenge on her killers and their family .
A really poor boring film .
And what a shame that the great Fred Astaire doesn't do any Tap dancing as it would of livened the movie up
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MenolearnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A joy to see such talent at work.
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These venerable stars with Alice Krige in a genuine frightener. The four old men are living histories of the movies, from Melvyn Douglas, who co-starred with Garbo, Fred Astaire, a ,multi-talented singer, dancer, actor, mean piano player who only regret was that none of the songs he wrote were hits, Douglas Fairbanks Jnr., knight and progeny of United Artists, and John Houseman, whose off-screen cv was also impressive, none of them give less than full value.
2 people found this helpful
horror boyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ghost story on Blu-ray is very good, PQ is a bit grainy and soud is ...
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Ghost story on Blu-ray is very good,PQ is a bit grainy and sound is very good,the extras are interesting the conversation with producer and screen writer are good. The film its self is a classic and for all of its faults it still keeps you entertaind on a wet sunday afternoon so enjoy and you may see things you wont belive.The running time is 110mins not 88mins as shown as above.
12 people found this helpful
peter crumpReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic ghostly goings on
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Classic that I have been waiting for its re release for what seems to be an eternity. Some of the great actors last roles and they do not disappoint. Really enjoyed watching it again and reminding myself what a great film it is. Obviously some of the effects are a bit dated but the storyline and the actors are not. Luv fred astaire in it so much like my grandad when he was still with us. I love the film and the ending is great.
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