Reminiscent of "Pleasantville", in this Gothic comedy heroine Abigaile Archibald suddenly develops a speaking voice in a world that is otherwise silent. Delighted, she secretly indulges in the joys of talking and singing -- until the townspeople launch a witch hunt to find the source of the mysterious sound. Written by
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The characters in the film continually (incorrectly) refer to the "ghouls" when they are actually "zombies". Technically, a "ghoul" is an undead person or demon who eats the corpses of dead people, while a "zombie" is a formerly deceased person who returns to life, usually reanimated through magic, to eat the flesh the living. This is intentional on the part of the filmmakers, because in the late 1700's and early 1800's when the film takes place, the word "zombie" had not yet made it into common English vernacular. The word first shows up in English in an 1819 history of Brazil, which says that Zambi "is the name for the Deity, in the Angolan tongue." In 1872 a dictionary of Americanisms includes a more familiar definition: "Zombi, a phantom or a ghost, not unfrequently heard in the Southern States in nurseries and among the servants." See more
Abigaile misspells her own name as "Abigal" on the chalkboard she passes to Finnius in the schoolroom flashback. See more
Music by Tom DeStefano
Words by Jim Lawter
Sung by Crista Orefice See more