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Out of the Darkness (1985)

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In an English village, three youths see the spirit of a child who died in a 17th-century plague epidemic. They decide to learn about the town's history to find out how they can help set the child's ghost free.

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Mike Neil
Emma Ingham ...
Penny Neil
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Jenny Tarren ...
Mrs. Neil
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Mr. Barrow
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In an English village, three youths see the spirit of a child who died in a 17th-century plague epidemic. They decide to learn about the town's history to find out how they can help set the child's ghost free.

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One of the best horror movies for kids ever made
30 September 2015 | by (Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

The Children's Film (and Television) Foundation were famed for their second-rate B-movies made for screening at kids' matinées in the UK from the 1950s-80s. They were low budget efforts, despite featuring many A-list actors who participated for standard Equity rates (presumably just for the fun of it).

Out of the Darkness was one of their last productions and truly broke the mold. Based on John Hoyland's novel "The Ivy Garland" (a favourite of mine as a kid) it features good cinematography and strong performances all round. It's also pretty scary in places and steeped in real-life history. I saw it as a tween on TV in the late 90s/early 2000s and never forgot it; now I am delighted to find that it's been made available as part of the CFFs re-releases on DVD.

Educational and entertaining. Recommended for viewers of all ages (though a bit too scary for younger children).


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