When a teenaged girl moves to England, with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive 17th-century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse. Written by
Virginia 'Ginny' Otis:
When a gentle girl can win a prayer from out the lips of sin/when a child gives up tears and the barren almond bears/when the silent chapel bell sounds the ghostly sinners knell/then shall all the house be still, and peace shall come to Canterville.
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I like Neve Campbell. She may have disowned it but I loved her in 'Three to Tango' and thought she was great in 'Party of Five'. It was therefore intriguing to see her in this adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story.
Unfortunately despite good performances from Campbell and Patrick Stewart this film looks cheaply put together and has not aged well. It has a grainy quality that is not great.
The plotting is slow, and the other performances a bit wooden.
It's a shame because this had the potential to be so much better.
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