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Our Mother's House (1967)

When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father , Charlie, reappears...

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Charlie Hook
Margaret Leclere ...
Elsa (as Margaret Brooks)
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Diana
Louis Sheldon Williams ...
Hubert
John Gugolka ...
Dunstan
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Jiminee
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Gerty (as Sarah Nicholls)
Gustav Henry ...
Willy
Parnum Wallace ...
Louis
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Quayle
Claire Davidson ...
Miss Bailey
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Mr. Halbert
Annette Carell ...
Mother
Gerald Sim ...
Bank Clerk
Edina Ronay ...
Doreen
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When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father , Charlie, reappears... Written by Allen Dace

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Todas as Noites às Nove  »

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"Our Mother's House" marked the second of five collaborations between director Jack Clayton and noted French soundtrack composer Georges Delerue, who had previously written the score for Clayton's "The Pumpkin Eater" (1964). After an interval of 16 years, they reunited for "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983), although the production was troubled, with Disney forcing Clayton to replace Delerue's original music (which was considered 'too dark') with a new score by James Horner. Delerue went on to compose the music for Clayton's last two projects, "The Longly Passion of Judith Hearne" (1987),and the TV movie "Memento Mori" (1992), which was broadcast a month after Delerue's death. See more »

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Creepy little piece of work.
3 November 1999 | by (AB Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this about 14 years ago in a stroke of luck ( a local TV station had picked up a print, and my mother, suspense thriller buff that she is, decided to tape it), and the film has stuck with me ever since. It's not your typical horror film, and has more of a tragic element which was so very common to films of the genre in this particular era. The dark and dirty imagery only serves to enhance the premise, and the shrine the Hook children build to their mother is downright creepy. The children do a very decent job of portraying children ( something that is increasingly rare these days) and Dirk Bogarde does a fantastic job of portraying their scumbag father. And to boot, we've got a heavy incest theme going on. If you can get a hold of this one, go for it: it's very much of its time, but the opportunity is well worth any trouble.


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