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A classic tale of mystery and the supernatural
“No, no, Miss Dunning. You’ll have to be more clever than that.” With these words, Julian Karswell dismisses Prudence Dunning’s attempts to undo his satanic spell—a curse that terrorized and ultimately killed a writer a decade earlier.
Drawn from one of ghost-story master M.R. James’s most frightening tales, Casting the Runes pits an innocent television producer against a fiendish alchemist. While working on a piece exposing would-be mystics, Dunning brings unwanted attention to the reclusive occultist. In retaliation, he delivers a runic scroll that dooms her to a horrific fate, unless she can devise a way to turn the tables in her favor, at any price.
Iain Cuthbertson (Gorillas in the Mist, Children of the Stones) is thoroughly chilling as Karswell, and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Under the Hammer) plays the increasingly desperate Dunning to the hilt in this tense and atmospheric British thriller.
Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials.
The 1979 television airing of Casting the Runes was originally broadcast in the UK on ITV Playhouse, a comedy-drama series that ran from 1968 to 1983. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Russell Engebretson
The movie was just 47 min. long! Too expensive for such a short show. Padded with long, boring interview. Acting not great. Would recommend to those interested in the author.Published 14 months ago by Linda L. Scott
The BBC's version of "Casting the Runes" is completely lacking in atmosphere, woodenly acted and accompanied by a very badly scored musical background. Read morePublished 22 months ago by beagle2
I should have paid attention to the date this was made. It is quite old so the technology isn't what I've become accustomed to. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by T. Casteleiro