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Writers (WGA):
David M. Flynn (written by) and
Steven Peros (written by)
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There's more to fear... than a ghost
Plot:
Seduced by the ghost of a Civil War soldier, Barbara Haughton creates a love that is undying. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Robin Weigert ... Barbara Haughton

Anthony Carrigan ... Jason Donovan / Elijah Parmenter

Jay O. Sanders ... Dr. Russell Lassiter

Sybil Darrow ... Rachel Braun (as Sybil Temtchine)

Wes Studi ... Lt. Frank Wascoe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stefanie Estes ... Margaret

Nic Few ... Male Nurse
Stefanie Field ... Teenage Girl
Patrick Flynne ... Capt. Forrest

Ricky Garcia ... Officer Rios

Joel Marsh Garland ... Bouncer (as Joel Garland)

Drew Henriksen ... Party Guest

Jinn S. Kim ... First Medic

Carmen López ... Nurse Janet (as Carmen Lopez)

Sean Meehan ... Curtis Beeman

Paola Mendoza ... Betty Donovan

McGhee Monteith ... Donna Marie Willison
Becky Randazzo ... Waitress
Andy Redmond ... Bartender
Mike Schloemer ... Waiter
John Schuman ... Truck Driver

Franklin Ojeda Smith ... Henry

Chris Stack ... Kevin

Paul David Story ... Ghost Elijah
Mark David Watson ... Rob

Directed by
Steven Peros 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David M. Flynn (written by) and
Steven Peros (written by)

Produced by
David M. Flynn .... executive producer
Thomas J. Rasera .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Caliendo 
 
Cinematography by
Robert F. Smith (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Barnable 
 
Casting by
Irv Field 
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Laura Hyman 
 
Set Decoration by
Meg Vinson 
 
Costume Design by
Amy Bradshaw 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... key makeup artist
Julie Anna Kehoe .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margaret Koschik .... second assistant director
Dawn Leuchter .... first assistant director
Doug McCafferty .... second second assistant director
Nadia Tabbara .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jasmine E. Ballou .... assistant property master
Patrick Head .... set dresser
Richard Peete .... assistant property master
Max Sherwood .... property master
 
Sound Department
Penny Harold .... sound effects editor
Betsy Lindell .... boom operator
Mark Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thomas .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Brian DeMetz .... visual effects technical director
David Fogg .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
John Schuman .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Clarke .... gaffer
Andrew Elias .... electrician
Erik Guldbech .... grip
Brian Harnick .... additional electrician
Erin Henning .... second assistant camera
Jarrod Kloiber .... best boy electric
James Madrid .... first assistant camera
Steve McNally .... additional electrician
Jeremy Rodriguez .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Randi Glass .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Farah .... wardrobe supervisor
Rebecca Muh .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Jim Garrow .... colorist
 
Music Department
Mark Steele .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Mike Reiersen .... driver
 
Other crew
Kelley Beaman .... production assistant
Nathan Buffaloe .... additional production assistant
Randi M. Cohen .... production coordinator
Bruce Jones .... production assistant: first team
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Bryan Persons .... production assistant intern
John Puccinelli .... key production assistant
Thomas J. Rasera .... production accountant
Andy Redmond .... technical advisor: Civil War
Mike Reiersen .... production assistant
John Schuman .... armorer
Abbey Taylor .... production assistant
Patty Wittenburg .... production assistant intern
 

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
If only more horror films took this approach . . ., 26 October 2009
Author: JustAnotherFilmFan from Ireland

Every year, around this time, a film festival called Horrorthon, run by and synonymous with Ed King, a filmmaker himself (check him out here on IMDb), takes place in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, showing the best old and new films in the horror/fantasy/whatever-tickles-Ed's-fancy genre. This year's lineup included the world premiere of 'The Undying', a film which, while not wildly revolutionary, manages to provide an interesting and highly watchable take on the traditions of the haunted house/possession film.

The film is essentially a very classical take on the ghost story. Director Steven Peros, a talented writer whose work I'm somewhat familiar with, though this was the first directorial effort of his I'd seen, and with whom I had the pleasure of chatting over the course of the festival, freely acknowledged the influence of films such as 'The Changeling' and Robert Wise's 'The Haunting' on his film, and 'The Undying' has a visual and narrative aesthetic comparable to those and other, more slow-burning films. What makes this film that much more interesting is the incorporation of a romantic element, something that may turn people off with the publicity around films such as 'Twilight' and the success on television of 'True Blood', but in a way is possibly more of an updated reversal of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 'The Ghost And Mrs. Muir'.

Robin Weigert (unrecognisable from her appearances in 'Deadwood' and 'Synecdoche, New York' - turns out she's really cute!) gives a brave and hugely committed performance as the bereft doctor, mourning the death of her fiancée, who falls for a ghost she is told also lost the love of his life, and who will go to extreme lengths to reincorporate him. Unfortunately, her choice of a body for him turns out to be ill-advised, as elements of the personality of the body's former owner rise to the fore, resulting in violence and tragedy.

The director wisely stays away from the potential gore element so prevalent in horror today and instead focuses on building character, drawing the viewer into the well-constructed story, and actually building a sense of dread, or at least wariness that our heroine may not have made the best choices as the film progresses. At the very least, you actually care enough for her to worry about her. Some may say that this is actually a pacing problem, but I felt it was fascinating and refreshing to see a film of this genre done in a more refined style after years of the blood'n'guts torture porn approach, to see a filmmaker actually use the tools of cinema to tell a story rather than rely on 'EWW!' or 'BOO!'.

If I had to make a criticism, I would say that the score is overly intrusive, I do think that silence can be just as, if not more, effective in a film such as this (surely everyone knows this about horror films), and unfortunately, the almost constant musical cues did take me out of the film for various reasons, perhaps because they were too soap-operatic at times, perhaps because there was just no need for them at others, but this is probably just me being picky.

In the Q&A afterwords, the director stated that he had an idea for a film set for a large part in Ireland (yes, we gave him hell about not making a shamrocks 'n' shillelaghs film), if he could find a producer. Having seen this film, and noticed him talking to the producer of 'Once' in the bar afterwards, I look forward to what Mr. Peros does next.

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