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A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Peter Straub's bestselling novel about four old-timers haunted by supernatural reminders of a past dark secret makes for pretty slow going here. Badly adapted by Carrie scriptwriter Lawrence Cohen from the convoluted book and clumsily transferred to the screen, it's more a gothic soap opera than a horror film - in fact, most of the special effects were edited out prior to release. Yet it's worth watching for the skilled performances of veterans Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, even though they're all miscast, and, especially, for the very gifted Alice Krige as the central spectre.

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Credits

Cast

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Ricky HawthorneFred Astaire
John JaffreyMelvyn Douglas
Edward WanderleyDouglas Fairbanks Jr
Sears JamesJohn Houseman
Don / DavidCraig Wasson
StellaPatricia Neal
Alma / EvaAlice Krige
MillyJacqueline Brookes
Gregory BateMiguel Fernandes
Fenny BateLance Holcomb
Young RickyTim Choate
Young JohnMark Chamberlin
Young EdwardKurt R Johnson
Young SearsKen Olin
Sheriff HardestyBrad Sullivan

Crew

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DirectorJohn Irvin

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Contains sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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