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Ghost Story (1981)

Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

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Cast

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Ricky Hawthorne
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John Jaffrey
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Edward Wanderley
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Sears James
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Don / David
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Stella
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Alma / Eva
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Milly
Miguel Fernandes ...
Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ...
Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ...
Young John Jaffrey
Tim Choate ...
Young Ricky Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ...
Young Edward Wanderley
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Young Sears James
Brad Sullivan ...
Sheriff Hardesty
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Storyline

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The time has come to tell the tale.

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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Cuento de fantasmas  »

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Trivia

Second of two ghost story horror pictures that veteran actor John Houseman made in a two year period. The first film had been John Carpenter's The Fog (1980). See more »

Goofs

David's crashing against the window was filmed with Craig Wasson on a blue screen and a background where a cross iron bar is swung against the window on wires to break it in the same manner that a man which outstretched arms would. Craig's body was meant to block the cross iron but it does indeed become briefly visible under the right arm and side at the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Don: You're dead!
Eva: And you will be, too. Dead and wet and cold.
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Connections

Referenced in Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Targets (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Written by F. Dudleigh Vernor and Byron D. Stokes
Performed by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
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* * * out of 4.

Four elderly men members of The Chowder Society fall victim to a vengeful ghost (Alice Krige) who seems to be connected to something they did decades ago and who once dated one of the member's son (Craig Wasson) from beyond the grave. Old fashioned, entertaining film features possibly the best cast ever gathered to star in a horror film. The film itself has a very atmospheric feel to it and generates some suspense, but never really scares the auidence.

Rated R; Nudity, Sexual Situations, Violence, and Profanity.


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