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The Stone Tape (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  25 December 1972 (UK)
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A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Michael Bryant ...
Peter Brock
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Jill Greeley
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Roy Collinson
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Eddie Holmes
Reginald Marsh ...
Crawshaw
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Hargrave
John Forgeham ...
Maudsley
Philip Trewinnard ...
Stewart Jessop
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Cliff Dow
Neil Wilson ...
Sergeant Paterson
Christopher Banks ...
Vicar
Michael Graham Cox ...
Alan
Hilda Fenemore ...
Bar helper
Peggy Marshall ...
Bar lady
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A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results... Written by Anonymous

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The bar helper recalls an African American soldier she met during WWII telling her that there were guppies in the wall of Taskerlands or maybe "duppies". In Carribean Folklore, a "Duppy" is a ghost or spirit, typically malevolent. See more »

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Near the end of the film, as Jill climbs the staircase and holds the railing, you can see how the supposedly stone wall stretches where it's attached to the railing. See more »

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Roy Collinson: Rats wouldn't have left that Spam. They'd have chewed those tins open in no time.
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Getting the Willies
18 November 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing the original television showing of The Stone Tape at the tender age of 11 and the vivid memory is of being scared out of my wits. I have never seen it since,I don't think it has ever been repeated except the following Christmas,why I don't know. Early BBC productions may be notorious for thier flimsy sets and low budget productions but the acting skillsbase and quality of material has always remained second to none and this is no exception. Nigel Kneale is a master of his trade and this script (which is well worth downloading before viewing the play)shows why.The idea is original and the viewer(or reader) just cant help but engage thier imagination.No monsters,no fancy special effects(although it does get noisy!) ..just good,honest story-telling at its best. I gave it a 10(well worth it) By the way if you get the chance see Woman in Black,also by Kneale.


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