Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men ... See full summary »

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Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men chase him away and warn him never to return or to tell anyone about them. Soon, however, they locate him and summon him back, because he has unknowingly given them a clue vital to their quest and they need his help to unravel the rest of the mystery. If he can do so, they will find buried pirate treasure and all become rich. But in joining the search, he falls under the same obsession and curse-- an ominous fate suggested by the unearthly electronic music which contributes to the film's atmosphere. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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2 February 1980 (USA)  »

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ABC Weekend Specials: THE GOLD BUG {TV} (Robert Fuest, 1980) ***
10 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

A lonesome boy, who finds solace in studying the insect life on a desert island, stumbles upon adventurers seeking Captain Kidd's buried treasure. Modest, likable, evocative (lensed by cinematographer Alex Thomson) and quite faithful rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's atypical pirate yarn; not exactly horror material, then, but the adventurers here do get to meet a sticky (albeit unfortunately offscreen) end – apparently meted out by the vengeful ghost of the notorious sea captain! Or, at least, that is the way I remember it from my childhood days of poring over it (and many another abridged literary classic) as part of a pocket book illustrated collection of Poe short stories. The film stars Roberts Blossom as the older of the two gold diggers and the kid is well played by Anthony Michael Hall; the other two important roles in the story of Blossom's black companion and the boy's stern uncle are, respectively, filled by Geoffrey Holder and Robert Moberley. It is curious that, for all of the tale's cinematic possibilities, there has never been a notable film version of it; I am purposely discounting W. Lee Wilder's very loose modern would-be adaptation MANFISH (1956) – which I might get to watch regardless as part of my ongoing Halloween marathon. For the record, the TV series which spawned it was one that exclusively dealt with adapting popular children's books to the small screen.


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