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The Stone Tape (1972)

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

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Peter Sasdy

Writer:

Nigel Kneale
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Complete credited cast:
Michael Bryant ... Peter Brock
Jane Asher ... Jill Greeley
Iain Cuthbertson ... Roy Collinson
Michael Bates ... Eddie Holmes
Reginald Marsh Reginald Marsh ... William Crawshaw
Tom Chadbon ... Hargrave
John Forgeham ... Maudsley
Philip Trewinnard Philip Trewinnard ... Stewart Jessop
James Cosmo ... Cliff Dow
Neil Wilson ... Sergeant Paterson
Christopher Banks Christopher Banks ... Vicar
Michael Graham Cox Michael Graham Cox ... Alan
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Bar Helper
Peggy Marshall Peggy Marshall ... Bar Lady
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A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results... Written by Anonymous

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Writer Nigel Kneale based "Taskerlands" and the scientists who worked there on the BBC's research and development laboratory in an old country house at Kingswood Warren in Kingswood, Surrey. See more »

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Near the end of the film, as Jill climbs the staircase and holds the railing, you can see how the supposedly stone wall stretches where it's attached to the railing. See more »

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Roy Collinson: I was up in town last week. Dropped in on the legal department. One or two things I wanted to clear up about the house here - covenants and so on. They've got boxes and boxes of stuff - passed over by the trustees, I suppose. I brought one back. One or two curiosities in it. How d'you like this?
[He takes out a document]
Roy Collinson: Application for the holding of a service of exorcism.
Peter Brock: What?
Roy Collinson: August 1892. Full record of the alleged haunting. Evidence, I suppose.
Peter Brock: Louisa Hanks...
Roy Collinson: That was her. There's even a report...
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Although this show is over 1/4 century old, it still chills.
13 June 2000 | by domino-16See all my reviews

I first saw The Stone Tape during its original television airing around Christmas 1972. The show's stories and images haunted me, discussing the programme with friends, I found that they were also impressed with its premise and presentation: A very rational group of scientists confronting the irrational situation of a haunting.

I spent years hoping to see Stone Tape again, then at a SF convention, Stone Tape was on the programme, so I dragged a bunch of friends along to watch. The verdict from everyone was: Totally excellent! An amazing piece of thought provoking entertainment.

Today we have the X-files, so we are used to spooky views of the supernatural, but I still think The Stone Tape would stand up to the scrutiny of a modern audience. This was a unique piece of television.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Каменная лента See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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