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The Exorcism of Hugh (1972)

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (original title)
This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. ... See full summary »


Fred Burnley


Rosemary Davies (additional dialogue), Gordon Honeycombe (novel) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Susan Hampshire ... Anna Robinson
Frank Finlay ... George Dabernon
Michael Petrovitch ... Hugh Dabernon
Michael Craze ... Collie Delamare
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Dr. Irving
Betty Duncan Betty Duncan ... Mrs. MacKay
David Garth ... Mr. MacKay
Anthony Booth ... Delamare (as Tony Booth)


This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story. Written by Ørnås

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A bizarre story of love, life and death.


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Some sources credit Anthony Booth as playing Delamare, but it is an entirely different actor. See more »


Towards the end of the film, the flowers Collie carries frequently change from being in bloom to not being in bloom. See more »


George Dabernon: When does a man die? Who knows what happens in the moment of death? The soul doesn't die, simply leaves the body. But what if it didn't? If it went on living in a dead body? A prisoner, in a body decaying around it. Is it possible? What is possible?
Anna Robinson: Hugh was not dead.
George Dabernon: If it weren't for you, this would never have happened. He's possessed, isn't he? Possessed by you. You're a witch, trafficking with the Devil. You have conjured an evil spirit into his dead body.
Anna Robinson: My love for him has given him life.
George Dabernon: ...
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Crazy Credits

[epilogue] "Neither the sea nor the sand will kill their love, Nor the wind take it in envy from them...." See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit a sex scene between Hugh and Anna. The 2008 Odeon DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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Rewarding horroromance, despite sluggish pace.
25 October 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

This is an off-center little movie, curiously along the lines of a Harlequin Romance with zombie-horror trappings. A young couple's passionate love story ends with the boy's tragic death...or does it? All is seemingly rectified when his reanimated body returns to the waiting arms of his grieving lover. She is initially overjoyed, though it latterly becomes clear that he's not quite himself anymore...plus, the decomposition of his body advances, making the couple's intimacy issues rather unappetizing .

Reaction to this film will be scattered, with stronger appeal to patient seekers of singular horror novelties than to the rank and file of zombie cinema fans and gorehounds. It's a subdued and casually precipitated oddity with some beautiful scenic location filming.

5.5/10...not wholly praiseworthy, perhaps, but a refreshing deviation from the "same-old same-old".

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Release Date:

November 1972 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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