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Summer House (2008)

TV-14 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 1 June 2008
George Wickersham, a top Boston lawyer, returns to his ancestral summer house on a private island in rural Maine. Due to bad memories from his childhood, he has a dislike for the place and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Price ... Nikki Wickersham
David Haydn-Jones ... George Wickersham IV
Sadie LeBlanc ... Margie Mancuso
Niall Matter ... Peter Hughes
Emma Stevens Emma Stevens ... Virginia Roberts
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... Celia Calvert
Walter Massey Walter Massey ... George Wickersham III
James Bradford James Bradford ... Mr. Trinkle
Macha Grenon ... Professor Jill Ambrose
Yvette Harper Pouliotte Yvette Harper Pouliotte ... Dr. Alice Burke
Gordon Masten ... Professor Shockley
David Gow David Gow ... Sheriff Lindy
Frank Schorpion ... Jebidiah Wickersham
Ian Finlay Ian Finlay ... Darren Peters
Nicole Jones Nicole Jones ... Princess Kimmika
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George Wickersham, a top Boston lawyer, returns to his ancestral summer house on a private island in rural Maine. Due to bad memories from his childhood, he has a dislike for the place and intends to sell it quickly. However, when his wife suggests turning it into a Summer House for young and aspiring artists, his love for her changes his mind and he agrees. As time passes while the building is being repaired strange things start to occur. Is the house haunted? What dark secrets are held within its walls? Written by KGF Vissers & Stephen Abell

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of the Summer House See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Your Average TV Movie.
13 March 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Since this is a television movie the subject matter has been toned down. This would have made a good average budget DVD release movie and could have handled the matter a little more accordingly.

That said, the director, Jean-Claude Lord (who directed Visiting Hours (1982) and Second Chances (2010) - reviewed in my blogs), does an amiable job with the story by John Benjamin Martin and Donald David Martin.

This is a ghost story, but due to lack of horror elements and the amount of time it takes to get to the ghostly action, it is more of a drama. This has so much of a TV movie feel to it. The characters are stereotypical; you can see the twists coming; and the characters relationships are pretty standard and have been done a thousand times before. Nevertheless, the actors and the director do make the film watchable... and at times, enjoyable.

Lindsey Price who plays the lead role of Nikki Wickersham gives a passable rendition of a troubled woman who loses her husband, though it's not played as a tear-jerker. Nikki's friend, Margie Mancuso (played by Sadie LeBlanc) and her handyman boyfriend (Niall Matter) are pretty realistic and believable, to a point - this is a TV Movie, after all.

It's the lack of direction the story takes which is a stalling point for the film. It sits uncomfortably between, drama, thriller, mystery, and horror. This makes it a bland affair, had the writers or the director chosen just one path to take this could have been better. It needed to be spookier with more tension. The mysterious elements could have been heightened and extended upon. Because the cause of the haunting is hateful, terrible, and unpleasant it was required to be much darker than portrayed here.

If there's nothing on the telly and hell has frozen over, then you could do worse than watch this film.


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