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The Haunting of Morella (1990)

A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Wynorski

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), R.J. Robertson (screenplay by)
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Complete credited cast:
David McCallum ... Gideon
Nicole Eggert ... Morella / Lenora
Christopher Halsted Christopher Halsted ... Guy
Lana Clarkson ... Coel
Maria Ford ... Diane
Jonathan Farwell Jonathan Farwell ... Dr. Gault
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Quintis
Brewster Gould Brewster Gould ... Miles Archer
Gail Thackray ... Ilsa (as Gail Harris)
Clement von Franckenstein ... Judge Brock
R.J. Robertson R.J. Robertson ... Reverend Ward
Deborah Dutch ... Serving Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her mother's family. Now that the stage is set, the mother wants to return to life by taking over her daughter's body. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Goofs

At 30 minutes when Lenora is walking through the house, holding a candelabrum, the candles vary in length during the sequence of clips. See more »

Quotes

Morella: My flesh needs sustenance, and your life shall fill that need.
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Poverty row Poe
16 October 2012 | by udar55See all my reviews

Morella (Nicole Eggert) is killed in the opening minutes for murder and witchcraft as her husband Gideon (David McCallum) looks on with their infant child. 17 years later, the child Lenora (Eggert again) is all grown up and soon to receive an sizable trust fund on her 18th birthday. But she is also the target of her teacher Coel (Lana Clarkson), who was Morella's accomplice back in the day, and hopes to put her old friend's soul in this new body. Loosely based on Poe's "Morella" short story, this feature runs only 82-minutes (the film ends at 78 minutes) but seems to go on a lot longer than that. Director Jim Wynorski gives the story what every critic of Poe thought it was missing - lots of topless women running around. To be fair, it succeeds on an exploitation level, but you'll never confuse this with a 1960s Corman Poe adaptation. And it is a nice looking production because this is back when Wynorski gave a damn. Eggert was "hot" off CHARLES IN CHARGE at the time so this must have seemed edgy for her. Regardless, she uses an obvious body double during her nude scenes. It is hilarious seeing her and Clarkson on screen as there is over a foot height differential, which leaves Eggert level with Clarkson's chest. Concorde staple Maria Ford has a smaller role as a servant. The film ends with the ridiculous on screen words "I still live!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hechizo de Morella See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,547,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,547,867
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Production Co:

Concorde-New Horizons See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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