Ghost Story

Ghost Story

4.3 10
Director: John Irvin

Cast: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

     
 

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The 1981 horror film Ghost Story boasted quite an impressive cast, including Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Fred Astaire, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. Unfortunately, Universal's DVD release of this film does not include any information on its colorful cast or director John Irvin. In fact, besides English captions and standard scene selections, no extra features

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The 1981 horror film Ghost Story boasted quite an impressive cast, including Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Fred Astaire, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. Unfortunately, Universal's DVD release of this film does not include any information on its colorful cast or director John Irvin. In fact, besides English captions and standard scene selections, no extra features are included at all. The film is presented in 1:85:1 widescreen format with Dolby Digital Sound, but the technical quality disappoints as well. The colors unfortunately seem to bleed into each other, and the resolution at times recalls more of a video image than a digital image. Overall, this DVD is not much of an improvement on VHS technology.

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Arriving at the end of arguably the most fertile decade of horror filmmaking, John Irvin's Ghost Story (1981) proves that even the lesser-known genre entries could be quite chilling. In fact, elements that might have detracted from this film's scare factor -- a score that's too bombastic, and a starring role for the 82-year-old Fred Astaire -- do nothing of the sort. Irvin's smart, tension-sustaining visual setups and James Alexander's haunting sound design, each prepare the viewer, but not completely, for the surprisingly sophisticated gore effects from makeup artist Dick Smith. Even if it weren't for all this, the presence of the singular Alice Krige would be unsettling enough. Playing the beautiful specter, Krige makes marvelous use of that lifeless stare, wicked half smile, and disembodied voice -- characteristics that later made her the ideal choice to play the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact. Even though convincing enough special effects did not yet exist, Krige leaves a viewer feeling that her face might split open into ghoulish horror at any moment. The film's effectiveness is especially surprising given that it contains two lengthy flashbacks -- which fly in the face of the genre's usual need for immediacy -- and features a cast of primarily senior citizens (John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. accompany Astaire). The dedication of these professionals makes Ghost Story more than just a good ghost story, but something classy and memorable as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1998
UPC:
0014381422825
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:51:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Ricky Hawthorne
Melvyn Douglas John Jaffrey
Douglas Fairbanks Edward Wanderley
John Houseman Sears James
Craig Wasson Don/David Wanderley
Alice Krige Alma/Eva
Jacqueline Brookes Milly
Miguel Fernandes Gregory Bate
Mark Chamberlin Young Jaffrey
Tim Choate Young Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson Young Wanderley
Ken Olin Young James
Brad Sullivan Sheriff
Russell Bletzer Actor
Guy Boyd Actor
Robert Burr Actor
Helena Carroll Actor
Robin Curtis Actor
Breon Gorman Actor
James Greene Actor
Lance Helcomb Fenny Bate
Patricia Neal Stella Hawthorne
Michael O'Neill Actor
Deborah Offner Actor

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Lawrence D. Cohen Screenwriter
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Douglas Green Co-producer
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Norman Newberry Art Director
Tom Rolf Editor
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Burt Weissbourd Producer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Titles; A Little After Midnight [6:59]
2. Where Are You? [1:50]
3. Come Home, Donny [3:07]
4. David's Funeral [1:59]
5. The Nightmares Persist [2:52]
6. A Waking Nightmare [2:50]
7. The Mayor's Leap [1:29]
8. Looking Into the Past [3:00]
9. Trespassers [2:35]
10. Suicide [3:41]
11. The Intruder's Gift [5:16]
12. Don's Ghost Story [9:41]
13. A Bad Influence [6:10]
14. Alma Spurned [2:14]
15. Alma's Gone [:45]
16. Older Brother [5:36]
17. Alone In the Night [2:22]
18. Rise and Shine [3:28]
19. The Doctor is Ill [2:30]
20. Eva Galli [9:52]
21. A Toast [3:25]
22. Dancing with the Goddess [5:01]
23. To the Depths [5:51]
24. Eva's House [3:57]
25. On the Road [4:07]
26. A Haunted House [2:07]
27. Breaking the Curse [4:48]
28. End Titles [2:55]

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Ghost Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This movie due to its spooky production design (scary little town), true enough story line (ghost stories are always great if people listening, allow themselves to get hooked in), musical score (becomes a character in itself)and acting (by great legends and wonderful newcomers, at the time anyway)that never quite lets you relax for fear of what they (and you) will see/hear/deal with next. For those of you who will say, 'The book was better' I say, they always are. However, this moive is perfect for a horror/thriller movie night when you need to pick a movie from this genre that will try and scare everyone. It's not a 'slasher' pix. Those are great too but this is a thriller with a love story for all ages. (all ages meaning 'all time' this movie is rated R for a reason...no little kids here)So shut off the phone, lock the door, check under the bed and settle in for a Ghost Story that (if you allow it too)will scare the heck out of you. Then when you least expect, over the following weeks, months, years this movie will creep back into your mind (when you're alone) and again...SCARE THE HECK OUT OF YOU!! I first saw it in the theater in the middle 80's and it remains to this day, a movie I can't watch alone. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've also enjoyed the winter scenes in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when I read the book, I kept looking over my shoulder. The movie certainly did the book proud. I can honestly say they both scared the pants off me! I loved the winter scenes, and the actors portrayed their guilt quite well. As for the revenge, well, they do say that revenge is best served up cold!
HauntedSC More than 1 year ago
Ghost Story is one of the best, and one of the truly spooky movies of all time. Great acting if you are a lover of this kind of movie you won't be disappointed.
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