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The Haunting of M. (1979)

| Horror | May 1981 (USA)
An Eastern European family finds itself haunted by the spirit of a dead suitor.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheelagh Gilbey ...
Marianna
Nini Pitt ...
Halina
Evie Garratt ...
Daria
Alan Hay ...
Karol
Jo Scott Matthews ...
Aunt Teresa
William Bryan ...
Marion
Peter Austin ...
Stefan
Ernest Bale ...
Stahu
Isolde Cazelet ...
Yola
Varvara Pepper ...
Irka
Peter Stenson ...
Doctor
Jenny Greenaway ...
Gypsy
Gwen Williams ...
Cousin Julia
Ruby Melvin ...
Cousin Maria
Willie Payne ...
Priest
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This ghost story, set at the turn of the century, centers on the plight of elderly dowager Marianna, who is tormented by the alleged specter of a young man roaming the corridors of her mansion. After spotting a face in an old photograph that seems to match the old woman's description of the "visitor", Marianna's sister decides to check things out and see if any of this is for real. Written by Ørnås

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Eerie
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with the Berkeley commentator, I too saw The Haunting of M in its theatrical release, likely after a favorable review by Siskel and Ebert. I remember a cold night, no drizzle. I remember a theater in San Francisco, somewhere in the Northpoint area. Three of us saw it, and we were all quite impressed. It had what is now considered an 'indy' feel. I don't think I ever connected the director with any film since, though I've seen a few of them (El Norte, Mi Familia -- both in the Pasadena area on the strength of friends there). I definitely remember the rocking chair, the bare visibility of its movement. I remember an old photo the characters commented on, where a blurred figure in the crowd photographed 'must have moved' to account for its indistinctness. This was very atmospheric, and really more aesthetically 'fit' than many. It's hard to get honestly scary; for me, haunted houses and hauntings generally do the trick, and this is one of the top half-dozen, whatever its budget


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