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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:
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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 ...
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Michael Graham Cox ...
Alan
Hilda Fenemore ...
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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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Although this show is over 1/4 century old, it still chills.
13 June 2000 | by (Leigh-on-Sea, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw The Stone Tape during its original television airing around Christmas 1972. The show's stories and images haunted me, discussing the programme with friends, I found that they were also impressed with its premise and presentation: A very rational group of scientists confronting the irrational situation of a haunting.

I spent years hoping to see Stone Tape again, then at a SF convention, Stone Tape was on the programme, so I dragged a bunch of friends along to watch. The verdict from everyone was: Totally excellent! An amazing piece of thought provoking entertainment.

Today we have the X-files, so we are used to spooky views of the supernatural, but I still think The Stone Tape would stand up to the scrutiny of a modern audience. This was a unique piece of television.


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