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Mike Kelton
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Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
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Ethan
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Aunt Agatha
Judith Arthy ...
Emma
Rick Jones ...
Luther Whately
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Mary Whately, Susannah's Mother
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Tait
Celia Hewitt ...
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John Whately, Susannah's Father
Murray Evans ...
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In a small island off the American coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse. Years later Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan, Susannah's brutal cousin... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The film was originally offered to director Ken Russell, who turned the project down. David Greene, a successful TV director, took it on because, in his late 40s, he thought it a last chance to get away from TV and into movies; he was, however, greatly dissatisfied with the script and it was being rewritten right up to the end of filming. See more »

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Throughout the movie the two rear windows of the Thunderbird are alternately up or down. This happens often in the same scene. It is first noticeable as they back off the ferry. As they back up, the passenger side rear window is up and the driver's is down. But as they as turning around upon leaving the ferry, the driver's side rear window is up and the passenger's is down. This becomes very noticeable throughout the film. See more »

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Overdue for a DVD release
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in many years now, but it has always stayed with me. It has a terrific creepy air to it. The feeling of desolation, the barbaric local thugs led by the perfectly cast Oliver Reed; the lovely and vulnerable Carol Lynley, trying to unlock the mysteries of her childhood; the jazzy score (I can still remember the main titles - the camera peering through the windshield of that cool Thunderbird convertible looking upon Ms. Lynley's gorgeous face while the reflection of trees pass over her image and all the while the peculiar and somewhat jarring title music underscores the visuals). Great stuff. Sadly underrated and now, seldom seen, this film is a perfect companion piece to Ms. Lynley's other top drawer film - 1965's "Bunny Lake Is Missing". A DVD release is in order.


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