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Put together a gloomy New England house, a dark night and four of America's legendary leading men and you have all the ingredients for the classic Ghost Story, a spellbinding motion picture based on the bestseller by Peter Straub. Co-starring Patricia Neal, Ghost Story is about the Members of the Chowder Society: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman, who get together each week to share tales of horror. Soon, however, a secret terror invades the group, and one by one, they die mysteriously because of a real life ghost story that is part of their past.
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My attitude towards movies tends to be 'acting shmacting , anyone can do it including my dog at the dinner table tell me about the story' and the story of the novel is engaging, nuanced and very creepy ! 'Xala Xalior Xlati' what a skin crawlingly peculiar thing to invent. The novel got a little verbose in some of the expositions but when they were fully developed they played into the story seamlessly. The idea that ancients walk among us teasing tormenting and ruining our mortal existences for their own idle hate doesnt really hold up to questioning but its presented (for the most part) in an engaging way , engaging enough to serve as a story driving device at any rate but defining these creatures (Mobly/ Galli) only in referencing terms to 'werewolves , ghosts,and vampires and the hobgoblins of mans fears and so forth seems to do an injustice to what they really could be defined as in the story. But it IS just a ghost Story and not a symposium on hypothetical evolution , still ,I would have readily enjoyed a more thoughtful development of the Mobly/ Galli 'creatures' origins relative to its motivations. There is a passage in the novel that referes to 'her' and her ...well....'servants' I guess as Manitous , I guess that is as close a s Straub wanted to get as far as defining 'her'.Ghost Story is my first of his novels but im going to work my way through all of them and perhaps he will continue their story.
BTW , My copy of Ghost Story is in audible format which I purchased from Amazon and listened to on my Kindle Fire ( not a particularly enamoring device but it works).
There are indeed some creepy scenes in this film , when Alma Mobley was pulled under the water in the bathtub scene and only her hair was visible for just a few too many seconds , that was unnerving