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  • Actors: Philip Anglim, Alice Krige, Eric Stoltz, Alex Winter, Laura Dern
  • Directors: Ivan Passer
  • Writers: Anne Edwards, Lewis John Carlino
  • Producers: John Thompson, Mario Cotone, Martin Poll, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Media Home Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: December 14, 1994
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630334352X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Customer Reviews

A fine film, historically accurate and wonderfully portrayed by all concerned.
Steven Ward
I did love the ending with the Shelley character quoting the sweet poetry that sums up the entire meaning of the movie.
jill
This is one of the best films I have ever seen, and one few films I would love to own a copy of.
Shaun O'Keefe

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shaun O'Keefe on March 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the best films I have ever seen, and one few films I would love to own a copy of. I was amazed by the depth of these characters and the actors skill in portraying them. Frankly I was inspired and wanted to learn more. The very next day I went to the library and began to research information about Byron, Percy and Mary. After learning more about these poeple I felt that the director did a excellent job in capturing their true essence. Exposure to their lives and work has helped to improve my own. In the years following my first exposure to this film I have found it increasingly difficult to locate. If I could only find this in DVD my life would be complete and I would live happily ever after.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carol on June 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
You can just feel the creativity spark and sizzle in this movie. It's the summer of 1816, and authors Lord Byron, Mary Godwin (later to be Mary Shelley) and Percy Shelley escape repressive England for Lake Geneva. That part is historically accurate, although how much of the rest is true, who knows? They have many discussions about life and art, use drugs medicinally and non-medicinally, cavort in the bedrooms, get frightened by a storm, and play mind games on each other. All this adds up to an ecstasy for creation, with a realization of the dark side of man's urge to control the natural world. Alice Krige is excellent, passionate and thoughtful as Mary Godwin, who got her inspiration for Frankenstein that summer. Her parents were early feminists and she definitely doesn't simper or believe herself inferior to the men.
The scenery and costumes are all glorious and the other leads are good, including Eric Stoltz as Shelley, and Laura Dern as Byron's lover.
...P>I also loved how uninhibited these people were. They have many of the values that many in our society have today, but they lived almost 200 years ago. They loved to push the limits of man�s ability to experience life, all in the service of their art. I wouldn't want to live the way they did, but I'm glad they did, so they could report back to us in their poetry and stories what the "other side" is like. Our culture wouldn't be what it is today without the Romantic visionaries of the 19th century.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timmy D. on February 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
"Haunted Summer" is one of those films that fell through the cracks & sadly was overlooked by most viewers. Being intrigued by the story's premise after seeing Ken Russell's similar film "Gothic" (which is also a wild ride to see in it's own right), I gave it a shot at the video store. Although I enjoyed it then, it only got better with repeated viewings. Each viewing invites thoughts of what the real life meeting between these characters of Lord Byron, Percy & Mary Shelley, Dr. Polidori & Claire Clairmont must have really been like. I think I most enjoyed it's quiet peaceful moments, most notably the serene boat ride the main characters take while Laura Dern's character Claire sings her lovely song. Also of note is the appropriately haunting & incredibly beautiful score by Christopher Young. This amazing soundtrack is also sadly out of print at the moment. Hopefully this hypnotic film will be released one day soon on DVD for all to experience & enjoy. Anyone interested in this subject matter can also check out the film "Rowing With The Wind" (with Hugh Grant & Elizabeth Hurley) which is yet another take on this storyline. All 3 films ("Haunted Summer", "Gothic" & "Rowing With The Wind") have points of interest for anyone exploring the subject matter, but sadly "Haunted Summer" which is the loveliest, is not yet available on DVD.

VOTE FOR IT'S RELEASE ON DVD! Go to tcm.com, search for "Haunted Summer" & then click the "vote" button to vote to get this classic finally released on DVD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Johnson on August 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I discovered this wonderful little film during my period of indentured servitude at Sound Warehouse and it looks like I should have stolen it while I had the chance. I have been combing the planet for the past 10 years looking for a copy of this movie. (OK, so I was only casually looking for the first five, but my fervor was fuelled every time I walked away empty-handed.) It's good to see that I am not alone in my love for this film. (Most people I mention it to have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. I was starting to think I'd imagined it.) Haunted Summer is writen with all the poetry its main characters command, with superb fledgeling performances from Eric Stoltz and Laura Dern. (I apologize for being unable to recall the names of the other two main actors, or Keanu's "Bill and Ted" counterpart, but all put on a great show.) If you can find it at a video store, rent it - it is so worth your 2 hours.....just make sure you remember to bring it back...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By brightnight on May 29, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We know that this is a burn on demand copy but if that's the best we can get, then we'll take it. This is from another era when films only needed good actors, great dialogue and amazing scenery. It's a shame that era has passed us by.

I saw this for the first time in 1991. I was studying Shelley, Keats and Byron at the time so this film only added to that experience of immersing myself in literature and poetry of the romantics. Needless to say, it's by far the best adaptation of the summer when Mary wrote Frankenstein.

The story is interesting enough without historical context but the fact that it's based on true experiences makes it all the better. If you love well made films, you will find a lot to appreciate here. If you're dependent on CGI, modern shock and gimmicks, this may well be over your head. There's no reason for that to sound pretentious; it's just my experience that many people lack the attention span these days to really immerse in a plot that's void of the typical fare of modern day movies.

Having said all of that, I lament the quality of this reproduction. I waited well over a decade for a chance to see this digitally reproduced. What we end up with here is a FULL screen version that has slaughtered the original ratio aspect that even (if I'm not mistaken) the VHS version offered.

Unfortunately, it doesn't end there. The picture is soft and colors fairly washed out. The audio is good, which is a plus considering how much people loved the score to the film (which has also been reproduced...it was out of print and very hard to find).

I'm grateful enough to give it four stars but keep in mind you're basically getting a DVD-R with no menu, no chapters, nary an extra at all.
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