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Dark August (1976)

A man accidentally runs down a young girl and has a curse placed on him by the girl's father, an occultist. He goes to a spiritualist for help in fighting the curse.


Martin Goldman


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Cast overview:
Kim Hunter ... Adrianna Putnam
J.J. Barry ... Sal Devito
Carolyne Barry Carolyne Barry ... Jackie (as Carole Shelyne)
Kate McKeown Kate McKeown ... Lesley
Frank Bongiorno Frank Bongiorno ... Theo
William Robertson William Robertson ... The Grandfather
Richard Allan Fay Richard Allan Fay ... Paul
Martin Harvey Friedberg Martin Harvey Friedberg ... Tavern Drunk
Kenneth W. Libby Kenneth W. Libby ... Sheriff
Stan Shefler Stan Shefler ... 1st Deputy Sheriff
Kenneth Kaplan Kenneth Kaplan ... 2nd Deputy Sheriff
Gerry Lou Gerry Lou ... Accountant
Randie Wilder Randie Wilder ... Sales Girl
Karen Lewis-Attenborough ... The Child (as Karen Lewis)


A young girl is accidentally run down by a car driven by a careless city slicker. This careless injustice provokes the girl's grandfather into summoning his mystical powers and placing a death curse on the young man. Desperate to stave off the dire consequences of the hex, Barry seeks the counsel of a local psychic medium. Written by Ørnås

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A month of insane terror leads to a night of Bloody Revenge!!! See more »


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J J Barry and Carole Shelyne were married during filming. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Better than I expected.
15 August 2019 | by maximumkateSee all my reviews

A modern yarn about a curse. Less a horror movie than a modern folk tale, I suspect those expecting horror are the ones most disappointed in this.

I was impressed overall with the cinematic competence of this semi-obscure film. Well-cast, well-acted, and well directed, there is also a soundtrack by William S. Fischer which adds a lot - in particular a beautiful piano piece while the local witch assembles a remedy for a child.

Great Vermont scenery, and J.J. Barry is well-cast here as a modern everyman thrown into this bizarre and tragic situation.

The magical ritual herein will be interesting for students of the occult: drawing variously from Christianity (the Lord's Prayer), Qabbalah, bits from Crowley (IAO) and Wicca, along with a fairly extended tarot card sequence are well done.

This is not a great film but it is a good one, if you aren't expecting something to keep you on the edge of your seat. This is just not that kind of story.

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Release Date:

16 February 1978 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hant See more »

Filming Locations:

Stowe, Vermont, USA

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Raffia Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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