Lost Hearts (1973)

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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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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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25 December 1973 (UK)  »

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Ghost Story for Christmas: Lost Hearts  »

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Parkes: The master may get up his own port in the future. I tell you there's something down there in the cellars.
Mrs. Bunch: Rats more than like!
Parkes: A talkin'? A talkin', Mrs B?
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English Folk Song Suite
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Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Atmospheric but flawed
21 December 2005 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews

I was very excited to see Lost Hearts as part of the BBC Four ghost week: the story has been a horror-genre benchmark for me since I saw it in 1966 (Mystery & Imagination). This, however, is the 1973 version, and a disappointment. The film quality and set design are very good, and probably superior to the earlier version. But. In this version, Mr Abney is bordering on clownish; the ghosts aren't frightening or "other worldly"; details differ significantly from M R James's story; the climax is a let-down. I wonder if the 1966 version still exists: it was faithful to James's story, the ghosts were truly frightening and the climax was horribly unexpected - mainly due to the Mr Abney character being more realistic and manipulating the audience into a false sense of security. I would love to see it again.


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