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The Stone Tape (1972)

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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Peter Brock
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Jill Greeley
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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 ...
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Michael Graham Cox ...
Alan
Hilda Fenemore ...
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Peggy Marshall ...
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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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According to Nigel Kneale on the DVD commentary, taping of the play went over allowed time so a number of the scenes had not been taped. The production was remounted but Michael Bates could not make the new dates, so his lines were given to Iain Cuthbertson. 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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Peter Brock: [on analyzing a ghost by electronic means] Let's say it's a mass of data... waiting for a correct interpretation.
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A creeping sense of dread prevails in this British chiller
24 July 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I'd been wanting to watch this for a while and finally got around to viewing the DVD release. I wasn't disappointed.

As with all of Nigel Kneale's works of horror and science fiction a sense of dread suffuses the story; a sound effect here, a casual reference there and it all gradually builds until your nerve ends are buzzing. There are little in the way of visual effects and when they do come they are very much of their time, but the eerie score, disturbing sound fx and Kneale's genius story-crafting combine to over-arch any perceived let-downs in this area - and even then, the first glimpse of the "others" at the climax still remains spine-chilling.

Highly recommended.


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