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The Haunted Airman (2006)

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An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to lose his mind

Director:

Chris Durlacher

Writers:

Chris Durlacher, Dennis Wheatley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julian Sands ... Dr. Hal Burns
Rachael Stirling ... Julia Jugg
Robert Pattinson ... Toby Jugg
Daniel Ainsleigh Daniel Ainsleigh ... Pilot Officer
Scott Handy ... Sqdn Ldr Peter Enfield
Melissa Lloyd Melissa Lloyd ... Sister Sally Grant
Peggy Popovic Peggy Popovic ... Little Girl
Robert Whitelock ... Commando
Rachel Sterling ... Julia
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In World War II, the airman Toby Jugg is hit in the spine during an airborne attack and he becomes paraplegic. His aunt-in-law Julia Jugg is his only relative and sends him to rest in a clinic in the countryside. Toby is in love with Julia and writes several letters to her but she does not respond. Toby is haunted by shadows and bugs and Dr. Hal Burns, who is responsible for his treatment, complains that Toby does not open his feelings to him. One day, one intern goes to the town and brings a letter from Julia to Toby, and he finds that Dr. Burns is hiding his correspondence. When Julia is informed, she comes to the clinic to stay with Toby that seems to be mentally ill. One night, Dr. Burns gives a razor to Toby and tells him to do the right thing, trying to induce him to commit suicide. But late night Toby discovers the secret of Julia and Hal. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

You can't hide from the things you've done. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller | War

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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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When Toby arrives at the convalescence home, the darkness is very obviously achieved using filters. Note the high contrast of the shadows, revealing it was filmed in bright daylight. See more »

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The art of going Nowhere very slowly...
4 December 2006 | by keith_gSee all my reviews

Yet another reminder that the Dennis Wheatley novels may well be a very good read (or they were, many years ago) but that they invariably make (or are made into) pretty crappy movies. I don't even remember if I actually read "The Haunting Of Toby Jugg" myself or just have an awareness of it and think I did, so I can't compare in this case and just took the movie on its own merits.

It was ostensibly very well made (props, camera-work, location, lighting &c.) and the acting is difficult to fault, in fairness, but disappointingly the storyline was not entirely free of some fairly well-worn clichés and dragged on without going anywhere much for so damn long I was ready for just about any ending just to get it over with. Which is just as well - the ending was such a mess it was almost a case of 'Times's up, please hurry up and vacate the lot, we need it for someone else!' and it was neither particularly satisfying or shocking when it did finally arrive....

The whole thing was pretty much a letdown like a sandwich with little or no filling - a pity really, it could have been so much better if it had tried a little less hard to be weird and suspenseful!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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