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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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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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Referenced in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

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Early 70s TV horror does it again, and the Brits do it best...
10 June 2003 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Nigel Kneale of QUATERMASS fame wrote this intriguing tale of an electronics crew striving to create an alternative recording medium to magnetic tape and inadvertently discovering that a haunted room might provide the solution to their quest. Capably directed by Hammer Films veteran Peter Sasdy, though fairly slow through the first half of the feature and a bit heavy on exposition (and thick British accents). The chilling climax makes up for any initial shortcomings. A must-see for fans of intelligent ghost stories...


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