A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.

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Complete credited cast:
Simon Gipps-Kent ...
Stephen
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Mr. Abney (as Joseph O'Connor)
James Mellor ...
Parkes
Susan Richards ...
Mrs. Bunch
Christopher Davis ...
Boy
Michelle Foster ...
Girl
Roger Milner ...
Vicar
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A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.

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Ghost Story for Christmas: Lost Hearts  »

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Mr. Abney: And it was recorded by Simon Magus that he was able to fly through the air...
[jumps off stool]
Mr. Abney: ... not yet.
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Featured in MR James: Ghost Writer (2013) See more »

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Highly underrated
20 July 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I watched this as a child whilst baby-sitting my younger sister and it scared the living hell out of me. 40 years later I think I would still hesitate to watch it again.

Reading the previous reviews went some way to reliving the horror that I experienced when I saw it and I can concur that the scene where the two children walk up the staircase dragging their long fingernails against the banister has to be one of the most ghastly I can remember. By modern standards its probably rather a tame affair but the combination of horror and the children's lost innocence is what makes it such compelling viewing.


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