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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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Cast

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:
Sandra Knight
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Storyline

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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Concorde-New Horizons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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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

Gideon: I still cannot bring myself to utter that name.
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Referenced in Nothing Good Ever Happens (2016) See more »

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Burn the witch! And this film!
5 December 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

At the start of The Haunting of Morella, I wondered why it's won itself so many negative reviews. The film has a great Gothic atmosphere, and while the story is highly derivative of a great many other films; it fits well with the tone of the film and leads you to believe that you're in for something decent. However, it soon became clear why this film isn't well liked - and that's because it doesn't really go anywhere. The story is based on a short by the great Edgar Allen Poe, and follows the burning of a witch somewhere in America. She leaves her husband and daughter behind, but promises to return several years later. She plans to do this, of course, by taking over the body of her newly matured daughter. The Gothic atmosphere soon becomes little more than a slight distraction from the dull central plot, and by the end; the film was actually reminding me of a bad music video. Chopping Mall proved that Jim Wynorski isn't the best director, and this film does nothing to disprove that; as the action is dull and sluggish, and a good potential for a nice horror flick is wasted. Overall, this film may appeal to Poe completists (although I doubt it), and everyone else should stay clear!


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