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The Haunted (1991)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 6 May 1991
When the Smurl family moves into a duplex, they find out its haunted.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Janet Smurl
... Jack Smurl
... Mary
... John (as George D. Wallace)
... Cora Miller
... Father Kearney
Stephen Markle ... Ed Warren
... Lorraine Warren
... Dorie
Allison Barron ... Katie
Krista Murphy ... Colleen
... Shawn
Michelle Collins ... Erin
... Father Larson
Jake Jacobs ... Father Kent
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The Smurl family move into their new home on Chase Street only to find that it is plagued with three spirits and a demon. The demon wants to destroy their family and they are constantly desperate until they find the Warren family to get rid of them. Written by Khelben Arunsun Blackstaff <frontier@mailhost.net>

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Shot in 22 days. See more »

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At the end when Janet is in the kitchen and thinks she hears her mother-in-law calling her name, she goes to the doorway and her sweater is not tucked in. When she turns around for the next full body shot her sweater is tucked in. See more »

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Jack Smurl: You better pray for me tonight hon'. Cause that is the only thing that is gonna keep me from killing somebody.
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Referenced in The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010) See more »

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Spirit-tease.
29 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Straight-to-TV, inspired by true events hokum… well that's what I thought I was getting myself into. However this dramatised case is a surprisingly eerie, bizarre and downplayed supernatural case that can get under our skin because the actual performances (the Smurls family) are sympathetically portrayed. The normal plot mechanics of the haunted house sub-genre are evident, and the atmosphere isn't particularly striking as it hangs there. You might think that if you see one, you've seen them all. But the predictable material does get more compelling further down the track, before coming to an unfulfilled abrupt conclusion that wraps it up. Everything (from the performances to the script) is done straight-face, with very little in the way of hysteria and humour. Patchy, but it works for most part. It heavily relies on story and mood, than say big special effects and lashing thrills. Although there's something just spooky about those reappearing spirit manifestations. Sally Kirkland and Jeffery DeMunn are capably good in the lead roles of Janet and Jack Smurl. Robert Mandel's crisply well-judged direction and Richard Bellis' hovering score added to the above-average production. I see plenty of jabs about the slow, ponderous pace, but I didn't feel it was that sluggish. Far from it. Slow, but not dull.


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