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The Ghost Writer (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Horror  |  15 August 1990 (USA)
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Blocked novelist Anthony Strack is desperate enough to plot suicide. Before he completes the deed, he is visited by unearthly beings, whose presence helps him to write again.



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Cast overview:
Anthony Strack
Elizabeth Strack
Edgar Strack (as Josh Miller)
Juliet Sorci ...
Cindy Strack (as Juliet Sorcey)
Pam Matteson ...
Miss Blasko
Cindy Sorenson ...
Judith's Remains
Judith (voice) (as Lisabeth Aubrey)
Kurt Paul ...
Paul Bearer (scenes deleted)
The Paramedic


Blocked novelist Anthony Strack is desperate enough to plot suicide. Before he completes the deed, he is visited by unearthly beings, whose presence helps him to write again.

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At the very end of the end credits, a freeze-frame used as a background image for the production company's title shows a man sitting up in a coffin trying to strangle another man standing next to the coffin. This freeze-frame is from another scene deleted from the workprint when Mr. Strack is attempting to come up with a scene for a novel, dictating his thoughts into a tape recorder, and in the background behind him this scene is shown with the coffin and the two actors. It can also be seen online on YouTube. See more »


Anthony Strack: Edgar, I have no qualms about disciplining you.
Edgar Starck: Please do... I love to be disciplined!
Anthony Strack: True... you are the only boy who, after spankings, leaves a tip.
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Never had a chance but deserved one
1 May 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was one show that never had a chance, but deserved one. "Ghost Writer" starring the late great Anthony Perkins, was a comedy in a class by itself. It had dark humor ingeniously incorporated with really bad jokes.

The premise focused on a novelist (Perkins) who was caught in a bad case of writers block. Desperate and ready to give up, be thinks suicide is the only way out. Before he his able to complete the deed, he is visited by a plethora of unearthly beings. These included a dead bride, a "something" under the stairs and a host of other ghostly helpers. And in turn the ideas begin to fly.

Though its run was only 2 episodes, those few who were able to view it greatly enjoyed it. It was a chance to see Perkins in a comedic role where his inherent creepiness could shine through brilliantly. Had it been given a chance and had Perkins lasted the run, I think this could have been one of the cult TV classics of all time.

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