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Secrets of the Summer House (2008)

George Wickersham, a top Boston lawyer, returns to his ancestral summer house on a private island in rural Maine. Due to bad memories from his childhood, he has a dislike for the place and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikki Wickersham
George Wickersham (as David Jones)
Margie Mancuso
Peter Hughes
Emma Stevens ...
Virginia Roberts
Susan Bain ...
Celia Calvert
Walter Massey ...
George III Wickersham
James Bradford ...
Mr. Trinkle
Professor Jill Ambrose
Yvette Harper Pouliotte ...
Dr. Alice Burke
Professor Shockley
David Gow ...
Sheriff Lindy
Frank Schorpion ...
Jebidiah Wickersham
Ian Finlay ...
Darren Peters
Nicole Jones ...
Princess Kimmika


George Wickersham, a top Boston lawyer, returns to his ancestral summer house on a private island in rural Maine. Due to bad memories from his childhood, he has a dislike for the place and intends to sell it quickly. However, when his wife suggests turning it into a Summer House for young and aspiring artists, his love for her changes his mind and he agrees. As time passes while the building is being repaired strange things start to occur. Is the house haunted? What dark secrets are held within its walls? Written by KGF Vissers & Stephen Abell

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Your Average TV Movie.
13 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Since this is a television movie the subject matter has been toned down. This would have made a good average budget DVD release movie and could have handled the matter a little more accordingly.

That said, the director, Jean-Claude Lord (who directed Visiting Hours (1982) and Second Chances (2010) - reviewed in my blogs), does an amiable job with the story by John Benjamin Martin and Donald David Martin.

This is a ghost story, but due to lack of horror elements and the amount of time it takes to get to the ghostly action, it is more of a drama. This has so much of a TV movie feel to it. The characters are stereotypical; you can see the twists coming; and the characters relationships are pretty standard and have been done a thousand times before. Nevertheless, the actors and the director do make the film watchable... and at times, enjoyable.

Lindsey Price who plays the lead role of Nikki Wickersham gives a passable rendition of a troubled woman who loses her husband, though it's not played as a tear-jerker. Nikki's friend, Margie Mancuso (played by Sadie LeBlanc) and her handyman boyfriend (Niall Matter) are pretty realistic and believable, to a point - this is a TV Movie, after all.

It's the lack of direction the story takes which is a stalling point for the film. It sits uncomfortably between, drama, thriller, mystery, and horror. This makes it a bland affair, had the writers or the director chosen just one path to take this could have been better. It needed to be spookier with more tension. The mysterious elements could have been heightened and extended upon. Because the cause of the haunting is hateful, terrible, and unpleasant it was required to be much darker than portrayed here.

If there's nothing on the telly and hell has frozen over, then you could do worse than watch this film.

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