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The Ghost (1963)

Lo spettro (original title)
R | | Horror | 30 March 1963 (Italy)
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)

Writers:

Oreste Biancoli (story and screenplay) (as Robert Davidson), Riccardo Freda (screenplay) (as Robert Hampton)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta Elio Jotta ... Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ... Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet Carol Bennet ... Woman
Carlo Kechler Carlo Kechler ... Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ... Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson Reginald Price Anderson ... Albert Fisher
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A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

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Horror... sharp as a razor's edge! Written in Blood! See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In one of his last interviews Francesco De Masi clarified that he had been brought in to re-score the movie after Franco Mannino's effort had been rejected. De Masi was given only three days to do the task which he achieved thanks to hard work by his orchestrator Ralph Ferraro. The director said he was delighted with De Masi's score and regarded the original to be a disaster, even saying that if only the rest of the film was as good as De Masi's music! However, since all the credits were anglicized pseudonyms anyway, the name "Franck Wallace" was retained. See more »

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Italian Gothic Love Triangle - of Sorts
25 December 2008 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Riccardo Freda, an Italian director of skill who directed many Sword and Sandal films of the 60's as well as horror greats like I Vampiri, does a very serviceable job directing this thoughtful, mood-laden sequel of sorts to his earlier effort The Horrible Doctor Hitchcok. One does not need to have seen that earlier effort to follow what goes on here as they are really entities unto themselves with the same characters just going through different circumstances and having different motivations. In this film Dr. Hitchcock(living in Scotland - very implausible given the Mediterranean looks of most of the cast) is bound in a wheelchair and has nothing but sickly pity for himself as he wishes to die. Helping him remain alive is a local doctor giving him some sort of concoction to live and, of course, no love triangle would be complete without the love object of the other two sides - sultry, hypnotic breathless Barbara Steele - the 60's queen of the horror film - particularly the Gothic horror film. Steele is not a great actress by any stretch. She is lovely to look at and has the most impressive pair of - yes, I know where I could go here but really I intended to say eyes the entire time. Freda creates a slowly building tension between the central characters and the story is nothing exceptional in terms of creativity. You have seen this story before in various adaptations. Freda does; however, have a flair with the camera lens, and I was really surprised at how well he, the actors, and the story all combined to make an interesting film experience. The rest of the cast is all serviceable with Elio Jotta as Dr. Hitchcock being particularly effective and Harriet Medin(who was in the previous Hitchcock film also as a maid) doing a nice, creepy job as Catherine the housemaid. There are some very powerfully shot scenes: the tomb scene is genuinely eerie and the final denouement is quite good. Loads of atmosphere make this one of the best of its kind.


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