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Haunted (Full Screen) (1996)

Aidan Quinn , Kate Beckinsale , Lewis Gilbert  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud, Anna Massey
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Lewis Gilbert, Bob Kellett, James Herbert, Timothy Prager
  • Producers: Anthony Andrews, Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LQ0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Haunted (Full Screen)" on IMDb

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Professor David Ash (Aidan Quinn) is skeptical of the supernatural, yet he is invited by elderly Nanny Tess Webb (Anna Massey) to investigate paranormal goings-on at her country estate. When Ash arrives, he meets her three adult children (Kate Beckinsale among them, who becomes his future love interest) and the family doctor (John Gielgud), all of whom deny anything is going on and claim that Nanny Tess is merely hallucinating. Yet after spending some time there, the professor begins experiencing unexplainable visions that only Nanny Tess, and often only he, sees. Furthermore the ghost of his sister, who died as a child in a drowning accident, begins to roam the estate. Is he imagining it and going mad? Or is the house truly haunted? Adapted by Tim Prager from the James Herbert novel, Lewis Gilbert's highly memorable film is a brilliant haunted-house tale with chilling scenes and an exceptional plot twist. "--Bryan Reesman"

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical horror is alive and well in this overlooked gem September 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With the pervasiveness of the slasher sub-genre in the horror marketplace over the last 15 years, it's been rather difficult for more discriminating horror fans to find horror films that disturb and frighten without resorting to decapitation and mutilation of all sorts of obnoxious teenagers. For all the genuine originality and post-modern irony of the original Scream (which - like Unforgiven - should have closed, not reinvigorated,its sub-genre) its novelty has long since worn out thanks partly to its cynical, bland sequels and other putrid imitations. Thankfully, the recent success of The Sixth Sense and - to a lesser extent - A Stir of Echoes and What Lies Beneath suggests there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those of us increasingly tired of endless, infantile and inferior rehashes of Halloween and Black Christmas. But for horror collectors who revere movies like The Uninvited, The Innocents, Rosemary's Baby, The Haunting (original), The Legend of Hell House, The Exorcist, Don't Look Now, The Changeling, Burnt Offerings and the like, the bulk of recent Hollywood horror output has not been kind to our collections. Well look no further horror buffs! Lewis Gilbert's superb Haunted is the unacknowledged classic you've been looking for. Deploying the staples of intelligent classical horror - a haunted mansion; a twisted family history; a sceptical investigator - Gilbert has fashioned a classic of the genre that is destined for cult status. Beautifully set in the rustic south of England following World War One, the story involves a Cambridge professor (Aidan Quinn) who is a renowned debunker of supernatural phenomena. Read more ›
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOTHIC GHOST STORY THAT WILL HAUNT THE VIEWER... August 18, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a little heralded gem of a film and a chilling adaptation of James Herbert's spooky novel of the same name. With a star studded cast, the film does not lack for talent. Beautifully acted, this gothic ghost story is a wonderfully atmospheric, haunted house tale, sparely told.
The film begins with a turn of the century scene in Sussex, England with two children playing in the idyllic English countryside. They are fraternal twins, David and Juliet Ash. While playing, Juliet ends up drowning, and David, to his life long regret, is unable to save her.
Years later, David (Aidan Quinn) is a Professor of Psychology with a penchant for debunking so-called supernatural occurrences. After receiving an intriguing and pleading letter from a Mrs. Webb about ghostly apparitions at the rural manor home in which she resides, David goes there, only to be met by the Mariell clan, consisting of Christina (Kate Beckindsale), and her brothers, Robert (Anthony Andrews) and Simon (Alex Lowe). It turns out that Mrs. Webb is their old nanny, whom they all still call Nanny Tess (Ann Massey). She is clearly terrified of something that is going on in the house, and the Mariells all seem to be humoring her.
The Mariell siblings, at first, appear to be wildly eccentric Brits, but later seem to be more than just a little twisted, as it soon becomes apparent that all is not right in that household. There are things that go bump in the night, strange music is played, and the ghostly apparition of a young girl seems to glide about the house and grounds. Moreover, Nanny Tess always appears to be in a state of acute terror and is even so when the seemingly benign Dr. Doyle (John Geilgud) appears to give her a check up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best haunted house movies February 18, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For fans of Kate Beckinsale the movie "Haunted" is certainly a guilty pleasure - why guilty, not because it's a bad movie but simply because the young British actress has more nudity in this picture than in all her other movies combined.
Two years prior to this movie Beckinsale has her first topless scene in the movie "Uncovered," and here she throws all caution to the wind - along with most of her clothes. It's a somewhat uncharacteristically scary movie from Lewis Gilbert, the man who gave us some of the silliest James Bond movies such as "You Only Live Twice" and "Moonraker."
In this 1996 movie the ever-watchable Aidan Quinn plays Dr. Ash, a skeptic who accepts the invitation to investigate supernatural goings-on at a creepy country estate. Once there he begins to witness some unexplainable occurrences and for those of you looking for a twist in the end of your stories - this one has a doozey. Not to give too much away, but nothing is quite as it seems and this one gives they yet-to-be-made "Sixth Sense" a run for its money in more ways than one.
Adapted from the James Herbert novel this movie is probably one of my all-time favorite haunted house tales and joining Quinn and Beckinsale are the likes of Anthony Andrews, Anna Massey and John Gielgud (in what is essentially an extended cameo). It's a brilliant gothic tale with plenty to recommend about it. I saw it with my roomies, who are all horror-movie aficionado's and they all agreed it was a good show.
Is this movie scary - yes, does it thrill - yes it does that too. Is it a good purchase - yes, and if you are a Beckinsale fan it's a definite must for your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done movie
I enjoyed this ensemble movie from the past. Only a few actors, but all were excellently portrayed. I especially liked this as one of Kate Beckinsale's earlier movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gene Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars nice ghost story
great story and actors. nice english countryside. i looked all over for this dvd to add to my collection. good suspense
Published 1 month ago by Kimber Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological ghost story will delight ghost enthusiasts
So, New Year’s Eve, and I found myself alone in the house. I ask you, what better way to ring in the new year than to immerse oneself in a ghost movie? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deb Atwood, author of Moonlight Dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars haunted is exelent
Lots of suspence Never know what to aspect is a must see keeps you on the edge of your seat love Kate B.
Published 4 months ago by earl shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Movie
This is a relatively unknown movie but the story is very interesting. It just kinds of sucks you into it. I enjoyed the cast as well. Quickly sent and well packaged. Thanks.
Published 5 months ago by Bearchick
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the movie.......but.....
Having read the book and watched the movie, I have to wonder if those involved making the movie even read the book? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Kate Beckinsale movie
She is my favorate female movie star, I love the Underworld films and because she is known as a beauty she has some nude scenes in this film.
Published 7 months ago by cliffcr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sleeper Movie
This a great sleeper movie staring a young Kate Beckinsale and it has agreat twist to the plot.. did I mention Kate Beckinsale is in it.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. A. Dinell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find
I found out that t his movie is not in print anymore. I was very happy to find it and the quality was just as the seller stated
Published 9 months ago by Sandra Brann
5.0 out of 5 stars AIDIAN'S SCARY MOVIE!
THIS MOVIE IS MYSTERIOUS AND A BIT HARD TO SORT OUT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE MAIN CHARACTER IS REAL OR NOT. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BRYN LEEANNE
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