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
Joseph O'Conor ...
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: Crudely scored under great pressure, the wood being too old and hard to be so incised by the hand of a living child.
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Version of Nightmare Castle (1965) See more »

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English Folk Song Suite
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Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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A terrible disappointment
3 November 2010 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

After reading the 10 previous strongly positive reviews, I purchased this film on DVD. What a mistake! The plot was risible and the direction lame. The acting was pretty good, especially on the part of the two leads (too bad that Gipps-Kent died so young -- he was good enough that I wondered at first if the part was being played by a much more experienced woman). Nonetheless, the set-up (an innocent young orphan comes into the care of a kindly old bachelor) was followed by action that yielded not a particle of mystery, not a moment's frisson. The hackneyed denouement was so poorly executed as to leave me wondering what the other reviewers were thinking. They couldn't all be related to the cast or crew! Hope that other outings in the series are better-- I've now got several more to plow through. I'm a real fan of British TV and film, but this one isn't worth the heel of Mary Shelley's boot.


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