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A young successful author and her photographer husband buy a stunning and mysterious mansion on the outskirts of a small town in New England, but soon enough start to experience maddening horrors of its previous owner.

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Peter Maris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Morsell Victoria Morsell ... Adrienne Delaney
David Homb David Homb ... Donald 'Don' Gordon
Robert Miano ... Zoltan 'Carno' Carnovasch
Taylor Bernard Taylor Bernard ... Marie O'Dowd Carnovasch
Steven W. Bailey ... Cyrus
V. Joy Lee V. Joy Lee ... Harriet
Stella Stevens ... Lou Ann
Hoke Howell ... Harv
Douglas Seale ... Malcolm
Devon Myers Devon Myers ... Young Malcolm
Lilyan Chauvin ... Ethel
Christine Armond Christine Armond ... Hortencia Gomez Carnovasch
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Victoria Valmont Carnovasch
Geof Prysirr Geof Prysirr ... Robert 'Bob' Thompkins - Real estate agent
Wanda Smith Wanda Smith ... Regina Puccietti Carnovasch
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A young successful author and her photographer husband buy a stunning and mysterious mansion on the outskirts of a small town in New England, but soon enough start to experience maddening horrors of its previous owner.

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Taglines:

Pray It's Only A Nightmare

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantasmagoria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sierra Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

According to the game designer Roberta Williams, the game is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 7, Adrienne finds her laptop smashed. However, after that scene is over and she is back in player control, facing the doorway, the laptop has vanished. See more »

Quotes

[Adrienne touches the mirror to trigger a vision of Carno and his third wife Leonora. Carno has Leonora in a torture device frame with her arms and legs shackled and her head strapped in a 360 degree rotating vice]
Leonora Moody Carnovasch: [sobbing] Don't hurt me, Zoltan! Don't hurt...
Zoltan 'Carno' Carnovasch: You never stop talking, do you? Never, never! You just keep going on, and on, and on, AND ON!
Leonora Moody Carnovasch: [fearfully sobbing] No! No! No! No! Mmmmppphh!
[Carno stuffs a rag in Leonora's mouth]
Leonora Moody Carnovasch: [suffocated] Mmmmmmphhhh!
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Soundtracks

Take a Stand
Written by Mark Seibert
Performed by Mark Seibert
Mike Berkowitz - Bass, Paul Thaxter - Drums, Jacqueline Goodwin - Lead Vocal
Recorded at Maximus
Engineered by Jeff Hall
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A Spooky, Wonderful Adventure!
29 December 2000 | by EclipseGryphSee all my reviews

It is rare to find a video game of this magnificent quality and design now a days, let alone back in '95! The plot is interesting enough to draw you into the game, and captivating enough to keep you there. Of course, the plot may seem simple and overused to some, but that is the beauty of Roberta Williams's work! In all of her video game titles, including this one, she takes well know tales and puts them together in her own lyrical, unique way, successfully turning something old into something new!

So here it is. A recently married couple, one a successful writer, and the other an accredited photographer, move into an abandoned Elizabethan house on the Massachusetts coastline, searching for peace and quiet for each of them to pursue their crafts, and their lives. But the house holds a dark secret. (What self-respecting abandoned Elizabethan house doesn't?) Why are the locals suspicious of the house? What is behind the locked door to the attic? Why did someone wall up the entry to the house's small church? Who are the people lurking about the carriage-house? What really happened to the previous owner? You may have seen or read of this kind of story before. But have you ever lived it?

And that, dear friends, is the entire basis for this remarkable game. Discovering the clues, unlocking the doors, unfolding the demonic secret of a rash of age-old murders, um... disappearances. But don't think that there is only one way to get from moving day to the heart-wrenching climax. Use your mind! There are multiple ways to solve the puzzles! And if you don't search hard, then you miss clues that, while are not required to finish the game, are required to realize just how tricky Mrs. Williams can be. (Hmmm, now where did that cat go off to? My that rose looks lovely in the moonlight... That cellar holds more than just wine...)

The point and click interface is very simple, probably too simple for seasoned gamers. You move the pointer around. The pointer turns red. Ah! You can do something! That however, is the ONLY reason why this game got a 9 instead of a 10. (Well, that and the, ahem, `bad guy' at the end is. well, to put it simply, corny. It still looks neat though!)

Visually, the game is beautiful. You can actually get the feel of roaming around that creepy old house, the stuffiness of the attic, the dampness of the crypt. The movements of the actors are all... well, acted out of course, so there is little that can be done about the stiffness of how Adrienne walks through the game. The video scenes are remarkable well acted out however, and both Victoria Morsell and David Homb shine, especially in the ending scene. I just hope you don't mind blood, because you'll see plenty of it as you get closer to the house's secret.

And the music! Oh! Such macabre melodies only serve to turn the shivers down your spine into virtual waves!

The game is short, yes. That is IF, you don't take the time to fully explore the game. (Search for Roberta herself! She's in there!) My recommendation: call in sick for work tomorrow, grab some of your favorite snacks, dim the lights, start the game, and by the morning, you'll have defeated one of the greatest and intriguing games of all time!


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