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Dark Tower (1989)

The construction of a skyscraper is being haunted by a ghost.

Directors:

Freddie Francis (as Ken Barnett), Ken Wiederhorn (as Ken Barnett)

Writers:

Robert J. Avrech (story) (as Robert J. Avereck), Robert J. Avrech (as Robert J. Averech) | 2 more credits »
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The television series, based on Stephen King's novel Wizard and Glass, will serve as a prequel to The Dark Tower film.

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Cast overview:
Michael Moriarty ... Dennis Randall
Jenny Agutter ... Carolyn Page
Carol Lynley ... Tilly
Theodore Bikel ... Max Gold
Kevin McCarthy ... Sergie
Anne Lockhart ... Elaine
Patch Mackenzie ... Maria
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Williams (as Robert Sherman)
Ricardo Azulay Ricardo Azulay ... Charlie (as Rick Azulay)
Ramiro Oliveros ... Joseph (as Radmiro Oliveros)
Jordi Batalla Jordi Batalla ... Mueller
Jaime Ros Jaime Ros ... Beck (as Juame Ross)
Monica Fatjo Monica Fatjo ... Rebecca
Juan Ramón Romani Juan Ramón Romani ... Philip Page
Mara Bador Mara Bador ... Rebecca's Mother
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When a window-washer falls to his death from the side of a Barcelona high-rise office building (also killing an unsuspecting pedestrian), security consultant Dennis Randall is called in to investigate. Although he first believes the deaths to be accidental, he soon comes to realize that some strange force is at work inside the building. What could be causing these accidents? More importantly, is there any way it can be stopped? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In a city that never sleeps... this building is a nightmare. See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Curse V See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Michael Moriarty replaced Roger Daltrey. See more »

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Near the end of the movie (the final climactic scene), the lead actress Jenny Agutter is running through the halls of the building and down the stairs. There are several shots of her feet, and her shoes change color between shots several times from taupe to black. This continues to happen until the scene comes to an end and her fate is "sealed" so to speak. See more »

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"There are many stranger deaths than this one".
13 February 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Like most the time. Cool poster artwork (striking enough to draw you in), but a so-so feature. Oh the disappointment. However it wasn't just the cover that caught my attention, but the cast was another draw-card featuring the likes of Jenny Agutter, Michael Moriarty and Kevin McCarthy. The trio managed to bring some dependable class to something of a predictably mundane and clinical ghost story of a haunted skyscraper. The classy Agutter elegantly glows and a laid-back Moriarty has that magnetic presence that I could be entertained by a film about him painting a fence. Character actor McCarthy is a delight as a washed-up physic, even though his role in quite small.

Architect Carolyn Page heads to office for some quiet time, but instead witness the unusual death of a window cleaner being slammed against her window and then plummeting to his death. Security officer Dennis Randall looks into it thinking that it was an accident, but then the deaths continue within the building. He comes to the conclusion that there's something unnatural going on and it has somewhat to do with Carolyn. So he seeks the help from a professor of paranormal field to uncover the building's dark secret.

It's low-grade handling shows and there's a real lack of imagination in its workman-like execution, despite the presence of director Freddie Francis (who would be replaced half-way through by co-writer/producer Ken Wiederhorn --- who was behind such films as "Shock Waves" and "Return of the Living Dead Part 2"). Nonetheless the Barcelona locations are beautifully projected, the high rise building does bestow some effectively moody moments and Stacy Widelitz's music score is alarmingly eerie. The opening death is quite well done and rather creepy, but the pacing from then onwards is too sluggish concentrating on its constant mystery / investigative elements before breaking loose in its dying stages with some haunting imagery. Nothing wrong with that, but being all build-up it's not all that hard to figure out how it's going to end. There's a lot of talk and too little shocks or atmospheric tension being sustained. It felt more like an extended episode out of "Tales from the Crypt", but it did have that old-fashion, guilt-ridden, slow-burn Gothic feel that could have been better implemented. There's limited FX on show, but commendably used. The rest of the performances; Theodore Bikel hams it up as the Doctor of the physic field and there's able support by Carol Lynley and Anne Lockhart.

"Dark Tower" is a grim, but blotchy little forgotten b-grade horror offering


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