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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

If only you go back to 1981.....

Author: mjr44-2 from Tucson AZ, USA
26 April 2007

This little movie is a real gem these days undoubtedly for the appearance of the late Dominique Dunne (murdered in Oct. 1982) who ironically has gained more fans after the year 2000 due to a large number of websites about her, in the movie also appears Roscoe Lee Browne who died on April 2007(The World's Greatest Athlete-1973, The Mambo Kings-1992 and made voices for Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties-2006, Babe-1995, among many other works, and also Phil Leeds who died in Aug. 1998 (Beaches-1988, Ghost-1990). So these are the main reasons this movie is a treasure and should be released in DVD format for the cult movies fans, definitely.

The movie by itself is kinda a "Scooby-Doo mystery" to solve and made for the entire family. Although for our new audiences (year 2000 and later) it could be a slow movie, it will be matter to open your mind and let yourself go to those wonderful early 80's years and start to really enjoy the show which is 1 hour long, Dominique really does give and enthusiastic narration trough the movie and you would be able to live a mystery under an innocent environment. Do I recommend it? Oh yes!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A darling little ghost story!

Author: Banshee57 from The World Of Movies
4 March 2005

This film is a darling little story about an ambitious girl named Polly Ames, portrayed ever so delicately by the powerful Dominique Dunne. Polly Ames is out of school early, to visit her father at the family-owned hotel, "Harrington House". As soon as she gets there, she has reason to believe that someone, or something, is causing mayhem amongst the house-hold. Now, she and her new friend DC, team up to solve the mysterious goings-on at the hotel. The film automatically gets your attention as Dunne's enthusiastic narration tells us of the story we are about to endure in the opening. The tone is set over the opening of stormy weather, and eerie locations. The entire cast performs a great little adventure that is pure fun for all. What makes this one an instant favorite of mine, is the material it contains. Something for everyone in this one. Both adults and children alike! The late Dominique Dunne is perfect, and holds the film entirely on her shoulders. She was a master at this! A genuine halloween film, as well as a great family film for all!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Very tame and entertaining family film.

Author: HeartMonger from Mind of the Films
4 March 2005

No one ever really gets to see Dominique Dunne in all her glory as an actress, probably because all her really known performances were in big productions(Poltergeist; Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker, etc.) which she had a smaller role. This film, a film she holds entirely on her shoulders with as much capability as the next Meryl Streep, deals with a young Polly Ames(Dominique Dunne) who has come home from boarding school. and discoverers strange happenings at her father's owned hotel. Naturally, her instinct tells her to find out what is going on. Family film succeeds in putting together a mood setting film, that everyone can enjoy. Dunne is seen here in her first really big role, and she plays it with suave and smooth like a pro. Great locations and camera angles, and of course, Dominiques big brown eyes are the eye candy, while kids will enjoy the "bump in the night" feel this film has to it. Hope this film gets a DVD release soon!

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0 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

There's a reason this movie is out of print.

Author: hershiser2 from Virginia
8 November 2002

This has to be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. The plot makes little sense, the acting is terrible, and it tries to rip off aspects of real "horror" movies (such as Amityville Horror's "Get Out" and Halloween's music).

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