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"Eva Galli...there, I've said it," says Sears James, one of the old men. "Well, what happened to her?" asks Don Wanderley, the son of one of the other old men. "We killed her," says Ricky Hawthorne, another of the old men. "The two of you?" "All of us," says James. "The Chowder Society," Hawthorne explains, "in the Spring of 50 years ago."
The Chowder Society is made up of four successful men who have been friends since childhood. There's Sears James (John Houseman at 79), Ricky Hawthorne (Fred Astaire at 82), John Jaffrey (Melvin Douglas at 80) and Edward Wanderley (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, the youngest of the four actors, at 72). They meet regularly in the evening to sip brandy and tell ghost stories to each other. When they were young men they met a woman named Eva Galli (Alice Krige) who fascinated them. She lived alone in a mansion. She was beautiful, free spirited, intelligent. They all in their own way fell in love with her. And one night something terrible happened. They covered it up and tried to forget her. Now, it seems their own ghost story is coming back for them.
What are the movie's drawbacks? The film seems too long, mostly because much of the background is told in flashbacks with younger actors portraying the four old men. Another part of the story is told in flashback dealing with a contemporary element.Read more ›
The film takes place mostly in a small New England town and is about four elderly men, members of The Chowder Society (they get together regularly to tell each other ghost stories), and a secret they've shared for the last 50 years, one that coming back to haunt them, both figuratively and literally speaking. It seems these men, now town elders, participated in an event, one which they vowed never to speak of again, but has begun to manifest itself, possible through guilt, in terrible nightmares suffered by all four men. Also, there's a little matter of a couple of nasty deaths...
Having read about this film so long ago in a Fangoria magazine, I had wanted to see it at the time it came out, but, alas, being all of about 11, I was restricted from partaking in all the nekkid and/or gory goodness of R-rated films. So, what's the deal with this film? Based on excellent source material and incorporating an experienced and highly talented cast, you'd think you'd have a real winner on your hands, right? Well, yes and no...what one may really notice the most after watching this film is the missed opportunity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is such a classic and is so great that it is almost impossible to make a movie to compare and because that reason the movie is not my favorite. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Virginia
I saw this when it first came out at the time I was a full time collage student and part time security guard in an old abandoded hospital grave yard shift and the night I swa this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CHRISTOPHER A.MUNSCHY
Very old movie. Glad to have it on bluray. Arrived in perfect condition.Published 1 month ago by maxwell
Love ghost stories and this is one of the best. on a level with The Changling, and I also ordered it. Pleased.Published 1 month ago by Nadine Goodwin
Not a bad movie, but a tad disjointed. I saw this in L.A. in a theater in 1981, when I was 26. My reaction: "meh." My reaction today: "mmmm, not bad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin L. Bray
Great story, great actors, great production, great movie and well worth watching a secod time.Published 2 months ago by Goat Roper
I truly enjoyed this film ! Honestly , it isn't very scary , but I just found it so darn interesting that it kept my attention till the end ! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven