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Ghost Story (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  18 December 1981 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ricky Hawthorne
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Dr. John Jaffrey
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Edward Charles Wanderley
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Sears James
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Don Wanderley / David Wanderley
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Stella Hawthorne
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Eva Galli / Alma Mobley
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Milly
Miguel Fernandes ...
Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ...
Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ...
Young Jaffrey
Tim Choate ...
Young Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ...
Young Wanderley
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Young 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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Cuento de fantasmas  »

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First of two early eighties horror movies that starred a quartet of mostly seasoned veteran actors who were all film luminaries and screen legends. Ghost Story (1981) starred Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. whilst House of the Long Shadows (1983) starred Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine. Both pictures were iconic in that they both starred four significant senior actors in the one movie. See more »

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Just before Fenny moves toward Ricky in Eva's old house, Fenny's strap is down. In the next shot, it is up. See more »

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Don: Well, what happened to her?
Sears James: Well, that's obvious, isn't it?
Ricky Hawthorne: We killed her.
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A Chilling Tale Set In The Gorgeous Winter Scenes Of New England

Ghost Story is a chilling tale set in the gorgeous winter scenes of New England.I just watched this movie a couple of nights ago, and I still like this movie as much as I did the first time that I viewed it.Peter Straub is a wonderful writer. Peter Straub and Stephen King are just pure geniuses when it comes to the macabre and horror and suspense.The screenplay was very intelligent and effective. Of course the winter scenes of the little town nestled in New England gave the movie a wonderful atmosphere.I cannot state loud enough how excellent the cast was for this movie.Patricia Neal,Alice Krige,Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas,Ken Olin,Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,Craig Wasson, and of course John Houseman made this movie so fun to watch.Mr.John Houseman was as usual so effective at playing a snob.Remember Alice Krige in the movies Sleepwalkers and Chariots Of Fire?This is a fascinating story to watch.


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