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Hollywood Ghost Stories [VHS]


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  • Actors: John Carradine, Elke Sommer, William Peter Blatty, Arthur Conan Doyle, Susan Strasberg
  • Directors: James Forsher
  • Writers: James Forsher, Evelyn Stanley, Leith Adams
  • Producers: James Forsher, Julian Schlossberg, Mark Governor, Stanley Caidin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 24, 1986
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300273407
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Horror

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on June 14, 2008
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You know, I pretty much go by the reviews of other folks when deciding to buy a product or not. Unfortunately, I shouldn't have listened to these 3 previous reviews. This film was made in 1986. Nothing shocking here, nothing even remotely intersting. It shows clips of old horror movies, from Bela Lugosi to the movies The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and other films of that era. It had Elke Sommer giving the most interesting narrative about her haunted house. They talked to a few psychics, took way too much time on the Amityville Horror, which has already been proven a hoax for many years now. For this day and age, this DVD is sort of a waste of time. I wish now that I had spent the money on something else. But like I said, I was judging from the reviews....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Schaible on July 30, 2008
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This is a quaint little ghost production with wonderful John Carradine as your host who takes you into the hot spots and ghostly True Tales of Tragic, Haunted Hollywood. Easily worth the low price to own this DVD. Its one you can watch again and again too. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Fox on May 1, 2010
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This is a fun program as long as you keep certain things in mind:
1) This was produced in the late 1980s
2) The producers were attempting to seriously look into actual hauntings connected with Hollywood.

If you want the most up-to-date information, look elsewhere. In fact, I'd recommend looking into the History Channel's Haunted History series, I believe they've produced one on Hollywood. The Haunted History program is a few years old, but it would be more current than this film.

If you want wild sensational stories, you won't find that here either. The producers were trying to show the difference between alleged real life hauntings and Hollywood movies. If you read into the phenomena reported in purported hauntings, they consist mostly of strange sounds, odd smells, cold spots, and short lived apparitions. Most of this wouldn't make a very interesting movie or television show, so while most Hollywood ghost stories start with this sort of phenomena it certainly doesn't end there.

A couple of the cases that were looked into were made into successful Hollywood ghost/horror films such as The Entity and The Amityville Horror. It was nice contrasting and comparing the Hollywood treatment of these stories. When this show was recorded, the Amityville Horror was still being debated as to whether it was real or a hoax with strong opinions on both sides, but today it's pretty much regarded as a hoax.

I especially enjoyed the interviews with Elke Sommer talking about the haunting at her former residence, and I enjoyed the interviews with parapsychologists who discuss their investigations. One person made a point to say how unlike movies like Poltergeist their investigations are.

John Carradine is a fun choice for the host.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darkest Shadow on May 31, 2007
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Hollywood Ghost Stories is truely an all-time-classic in my opinion. Reason being, it combines the talents of old school horror films and bases it on actual events in the heart of the filmmaking empire of Hollywood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crosscountryman on April 29, 2014
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A great showcase for the scion of the Carradine Family to hold forth with his positively blood curdling best! Besides Karloff, Cheney and Lorrie I can't think of a better host to ride herd on this bevy of ghost thrillers to chill yer spine! Best watched on a chilly, windy rainy night when the eyes play tricks with shadows dancing to keep you wondering, what's that thing i just saw out of the corner of my eye???!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WILE E COYOTE on April 21, 2014
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Glad I got this series on my kindle
It informed me of stores that I did not know about Hollywood
Seeing John Carradine as the narrator was a plus
I am a fan of old horror movies and he's up there with Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roxxy D'Burtonite on August 28, 2008
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I have been looking for this since the 80s when I saw it on The Discovery Channel. I had contacted the network and no one could help me, but now I have it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Ray on May 21, 2014
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If you love "old Hollywood" stories and tales, this campy and amusing
tale will entertain. Much black and white footage of days gone past!
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