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The Haunted (1991)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 6 May 1991
When the Smurl family moves into a duplex, they find out its haunted.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Janet Smurl
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Jack Smurl
Louise Latham ...
Mary
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John (as George D. Wallace)
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Cora Miller
William O'Connell
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Dorie
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Krista Murphy ...
Colleen
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Michelle Collins ...
Erin
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Father Larson
Jake Jacobs ...
Father Kent
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The Smurl family move into their new home on Chase Street only to find that it is plagued with three spirits and a demon. The demon wants to destroy their family and they are constantly desperate until they find the Warren family to get rid of them. Written by Khelben Arunsun Blackstaff <frontier@mailhost.net>

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Shot in 22 days. See more »

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When the family is having breakfast, we hear daughter Shawn complain that the milk is nonfat. But the milk has a red cap. Skim milk never has a red cap, it is always yellow or blue. See more »

Quotes

Jack Smurl: You better pray for me tonight hon'. Cause that is the only thing that is gonna keep me from killing somebody.
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Referenced in The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010) See more »

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Effective for a TV movie.
6 October 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It is easy to dismiss a film simply because it is made for television, and therefore must be toned down. This film, however, succeeds where most otherwise fail by playing on a psychological level and not pandering to cheap and unconvincing TV-budget effects.

There are a couple of silly moments, particularly a scene where the father is raped by the invading spirit manifesting itself as a fat drag-queen type, but this can be forgiven. There are many other truly chilling moments, such as just prior to the rape scene when the couple hear noises in their bed, and two scenes (at the beginning and end, when the family move into new houses) when the mother, Janet, hears her mother calling her name three times, only to realise that it is the spirit.

Not perfect, nothing is, but it works.


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