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A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

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Complete credited cast:
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Katharine
Peter Bowles ... Peter
Maxine Gordon Maxine Gordon ... Verity
Jon Laurimore ... Dr. Hall
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ... Richard
John Judd ... Dave
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A family moves into a cottage in the countryside. The cottage is situated near an ancient megalithic stone circle, and one of the stones which the family arrange to have moved is in the garden of the cottage. However, as two workmen attempt to lift a large, heavy stone from their garden, an ancient curse is unleashed which causes the mother to bleed uncontrollably, despite having no wounds. Once the stone is finally moved, a skeleton is found buried there. The implication is that the mother's body is re-enacting the ritual execution of a witch who was buried under the stone centuries earlier. Written by lament

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English

Release Date:

28 December 1977 (UK) See more »

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Stigma See more »

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1.33 : 1
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They should have buried this one under that stone.
17 December 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The first three entries could all be loosely classed as historical gothic dramas. Stigma is set in modern day (as was) and somehow fails to capture the vibe of the first three instalments. The subtlety of horror from the earlier entries is not present here at all, instead we get a drama which could have been part of the Hammer house of Horror TV series, plenty of blood, and sadly little of anything else. Nudity also strikes of desperation here, there's little story so it seems like they tried to mask the void with blood and mild nudity. So many ghost stories from the seventies featured Stone circles, largely well, this sadly was a very poor offering. 5/10


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