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Release Date:
June 1980 (USA) See more »
There is a door between life and death and now, that door is open! See more »
Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Hitchin' a ride with the afterlife. See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Trish Van Devere ... Jane Hardy

Joseph Cotten ... Walter Prichard

David Gautreaux ... Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Winston
Med Flory ... Sheriff Denton

Donald Petrie ... Luke

Christopher McDonald ... Pete

Perry Lang ... Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn ... Mr. Gordon (as Frederic Franklyn)

Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Gordon

Al Hansen ... Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto ... The Driver
Nicholas Shields ... Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ... Counterman
Allison Balson ... Alice
Jim Gatherum ... Boy #1 (as Jimmy Gatherum)
Tanya Bowers ... Schoolgirl
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Directed by
George Bowers 
Writing credits
William Bleich (written by) (as Bill Bleich)

Mark Tenser (idea)

Produced by
Newton P. Jacobs .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... line producer (as Charles Russell)
Mark Tenser .... producer
Original Music by
Webster Lewis 
Cinematography by
Mori Kawa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Berndt 
Casting by
Samantha Mansour 
Art Direction by
Keith Michl 
Makeup Department
Roberto Fernández .... hair: Miss Van Devere's (as Roberto Fernandez)
Pamela Peitzman .... make-up/hair
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... production manager (as Mike Fottrell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John S. Curran .... first assistant director (as John Curran)
Pete Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nancy Auburn .... assistant art director
Ivo Cristante .... prop master
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom man (as Doug Arnold)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ron Brody .... assistant sound editor
John S. Curran .... sound editor (as John Curran)
Thomas A. Fucci .... supervising sound editor (as T. Anthony Fucci)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... sound consultant (uncredited)
Greg Brickman .... stunt player
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
Glynn Rubin .... stunt player
Michael Runyard .... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Andree Williams .... stunt player (as Andreé Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... first assistant camera
Tracy Neftzger .... best boy grip
Willy Nemeth .... key grip
Johnine Novosel .... second assistant camera
Raymond Post .... grip driver
Jeffrey Sudzin .... best boy electrical (as Jeff Sudsin)
Mike Taylor .... second electrician
Randy Tepper .... still photographer
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer (as Chris Tufty)
Daniel Pearl .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Trainor .... extra coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... wardrobe (as Kristine Chadwick)
Vivianne Johanson .... second assistant wardrobe (as Vivian Johnson)
John Patton .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Annie Lee Hebson .... assistant editor (as Annie-Laurie Hebson)
Music Department
Greg Poree .... music orchestration
Other crew
Jim Charleston .... production assistant
Larry Dyer .... production assistant (as Lawrence Dyer)
Frank Ferro .... production assistant
Jay Levine .... production assistant
Scott Luhrsen .... location scout
Mort Nathan .... production assistant
John Panzarella .... production assistant
Paul Papanek .... production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Cathy Zatarga)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (2007) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

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The hearse was a 1951 Packard Funeral Coach.See more »
Continuity: The front grille of the hearse changes from scene to scene.See more »
Jane Hardy:[startled by someone at her back door] Oh!
Reverend Winston:Miss Hardy, please.
Jane Hardy:[laughing, relieved] Oh! You scared the hell out of me!
Reverend Winston:I should probably take that as a compliment. *Ha ha ha ha ha!*
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hitchin' a ride with the afterlife., 1 February 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Before watching it, I decided to give the trailer a look and liked what I saw. But when it came to actually watching the feature. Well that was another story. Even with such a novel idea, it couldn't escape its roots that hang heavily in this old-hat haunted house format. No surprises or shocks here. The pallid story never grips or inserts much interest, as it becomes a wearisome tale of never-ending, suspicious tedium. The slow grinding pace doesn't help matters either. It seems to be all build up, but director George Bowers' predictable touch can't seem to raise much in the way of suspense and really overuses the usual scare tactics with miserable results. This even goes for Webster Lewis' generically telegraphed score. One or two effective surreal set-pieces (involving the hearse and its driver) and Mori Kawa's nicely atmospheric photography, just can't make-up for the lame, weak and overly boring presentation. Performances feel wooden and terribly uninterested, and it seems to show. Trish Van Devere fluffs about, and Joseph Cotton adds his two bobs worth. Put it under the very forgettable files.

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