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1. Some elements in this story can definitly occur in the real life. just watch it till the end, and you'll understand why i say it.
2. Everything in this film is calculated to the last detail, and the actors give the audience a very good and realistic play.
If you won't see this film i'll tell you just this: YOU WON'T EVER KNOW WHAT IS FEAR AFTER A GOOD THRILLER !
Prepare a big pot with popcorn before this one :)
Veteran actress Jean Simmons in the title role is moving as the disabled, despairing, but still dignified wife of a husband she has come to mistrust. Her later appearances (the word is related to 'apparition') are well-staged and frightening, with no aspect scarier than her expression, inhumanly passive yet somehow determined toward some unuttered goal.
The house is not your customary scary-movie Gothic mansion, but is more of an expansive Italian villa, and the visuals of its wide-open, columned interior spaces gave me an unsettling sense of my own exposure. The camera work is creative and often beautiful: Note the very last scene. Music is used sparingly, its tasteful absence heightening the sense of aloneness as a frightened Mr. Ballard wanders the darkened house. I found many things to like in this obscure B-grade film.
Just a note: Jean Simmons and Flora Robson had appeared together thirty years earlier in the Archers' classic, 'Black Narcissus'.
The story is exactly like the plot summery. Basically, a money-hungry husband and the 'ghost' of a vengeful wife. There is more to this story but I will not tell it because it would ruin the film for those who have not seen it yet. It's a must watch for lovers of older ghost stories.
I remembered the film to be good - but it is so much better than I recalled it to be. This might be a 'boring' ghost story for some - for others, like myself, this is a quality haunting film.
David and Dominique are a wealthy couple living in England. Dominique suffers from depression and takes her own life.
Most of the wealth belongs to Dominique. David's investments business is in financial trouble. Was David responsible for his wife's suicide? Relatives, friends, and business partners all have reasons for needing the money.
performance by Robertson goes against type and is an interesting one to revel in. Intrifuing direction by Michael Anderson and English scenery
which sets the appropriate background to accomodate the film's mysterious overtones as one trys to figure out what actually is happening.
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This thriller -suspense movie is well-crafted! It really has stood the test of time since it was made in the 70s. It is intriguing and worth watching again...and again...and again.Published 6 months ago by Anderson M
A horrible pointless story that makes you glad you're not rich and you don't live in a rich person's mausoleum. There are probably a lot more murders than anyone knows. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marie
Wow!! Wow...this was awesome!! I'm really picky about my ghost movies. I was raised on horror films. Such a great story. They don't make 'em like they used to.Published 10 months ago by Paul Turcott