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Audrey Rose
     

Audrey Rose

Director: Robert Wise,

Cast: Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck

 

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Audrey Rose is a "thinking man's" horror film, which in a way is unfortunate, since it tended to be ignored amidst the many spell-it-all-out scarefests of the late '70s. Marsha Mason and John Beck play Janice and Bill Templeton, a happily married couple, the parents of well-adjusted preteen Ivy (Susan Swift). Their family security is disrupted by the arrival of

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Audrey Rose is a "thinking man's" horror film, which in a way is unfortunate, since it tended to be ignored amidst the many spell-it-all-out scarefests of the late '70s. Marsha Mason and John Beck play Janice and Bill Templeton, a happily married couple, the parents of well-adjusted preteen Ivy (Susan Swift). Their family security is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Elliot Hoover (Anthony Hopkins). At first mistaken for a potential child molester, Hoover explains that his obsessive interest in young Ivy is actually paternal. It is Hoover's contention that their daughter is the reincarnation of his own child, who died in a horrible accident. This information is dismissed out of hand-and then strange things begin happening. Directed by Robert Wise (who had previously helmed the psychological thriller The Haunting), Audrey Rose was adapted by co-producer Frank de Felitta from his own novel.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Part of the 1970s horror cycle caused by the enormous success of The Exorcist, Audrey Rose is a more intelligent, nuanced example of the genre, which is both its blessing and its curse. Robert Wise has directed in a relatively understated manner, yet still provides a fair share of chilling moments. Working from a script that is far too wordy -- and, to its credit, tries to rationally discuss the concept of reincarnation while maintaining a horror framework -- Wise shrewdly makes the wordiness an advantage. He keeps the focus on the dialogue -- or, often, monologue -- while subtly overemphasizing ordinary movements onscreen to create tension or suspense. Wise also gives the film a visual style, and the snowman scene at the school is particularly well done. He is helped by Anthony Hopkins' intense, sorrowful performance, as well as Susan Swift's impressive turn in the title role. Ultimately, the script's pretensions and its stuffiness keep it from being the first-class thriller it could have been, but it's still a decent alternative to better-known thrillers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0883904130475
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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Performance Credits
Marsha Mason Janice Templeton
Anthony Hopkins Elliot Hoover
John Beck Bill Templeton
Susan Swift Ivy Templeton
Norman Lloyd Dr. Steven Lipscomb
John Hillerman Scott Velie
Philip Sterling Judge Langley
Ivy Jones Mary Lou Sides
Aly Wassil Maharishi Gupta Pradesh
Mary Jackson Mother Veronica
Robert Walden Brick Mack
Stephen Pearlman Russ Rothman
Richard Lawson 1st Policeman
Tony Brande Detective Fallon
Elizabeth Farley Carole Rothman
Ruth Manning Customer in Store
Stanley Brock Cashier in Store
David Wilson 2nd Policeman
David Fresco Dominick
Pat Corley Dr. Webster
Karen Anders Maria

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director,Producer
Frank de Felitta Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Horner Production Designer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Michael J. Kohut Sound/Sound Designer
Carl Kress Editor
Sheldon Levine Costumes/Costume Designer
Art Levinson Asst. Director
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Shirley Strahm Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Wizan Producer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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