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Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

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A contemporary love story gets gruesome in this bizarre English horror/romance. A woman on vacation falls passionately in love with a young lighthouse keeper, only to be left devastated when he dies suddenly. Yet his death is only the beginning, as he ret

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Booth, Frank Finlay, Susan Hampshire, Jack Lambert, Michael Petrovich
  • Directors: Fred Burnley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026LYMBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A. Griffiths on November 22, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a very strange and little-seen film that has been unavailable for a very long time, so I applaud the decision to finally release it on DVD. Poorly received at the time of it's release, there were a few TV screenings in the late 1970's before it was all but lost - until this new edition. Susan Hampshire plays Anna, a woman who suffers such profound grief at the death of her lover that she somehow manages to bring him back from the dead. She doesn't do it intentionally though, and is at first thrilled, but then shocked and bewildered by his seemingly miraculous return. Unfortunately, although he can move about he's still dead in every other respect, so things can only go downhill for poor Anna.

I don't know how Redemption are treating the release in the way of extras, but at least they have managed to avoid putting a naked glamour model of the front cover for once. Its obscure status is probably because it's not particularly attention grabbing and moves at a very slow crawl for most of it's running time. Which is a pity because if you allow yourself to go with the very leisurely pace, it's actually an effective little story. It also has a great, mournful theme song that could only have been concocted in the 1970's!

Filmed outdoors in lots of cold and grey coastal locations, the film is really a bleak love story and probably bored a lot of people to death at the time, although it does sustain an effective mood. The chilly outdoor photography perfectly suits the remoteness and distance of the bizarre happenings from normal life, but be aware that the story is very slight and the material is handled in such an understated way that it feels more like a TV drama production than a feature film. However, I like it very much. Competently made and with good performances, it's a lot better than some of the other trash that passes for "cult" fan viewing.
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I really wanted to like this one. An intriguingly-themed horror-romance shot on the Ilse of Jersey that blends The Monkey's Paw with Tithonus? And talk about that title! Then you watch it.

Anna (Susan Hampshire) is on vacation in Jersey when she runs into Hugh (Michael Petrovitch), a dark-eyed native and the last of the Dabernon line along with his antisocial brother George (Frank Finlay). Anna and Hugh fall in love after a series of walks through rainy streets and windswept ruins, and Anna is all set to marry Hugh in Scotland and make a new life with him. It's too bad that right after that Hugh drowns in a tidal flat, and Anna is so distraught that she simply refuses to accept his death. It must have worked because Hugh appears, seemingly alive but much quieter, emotionally empty and physically cold. When Anna wants to talk with him, Hugh just stares, and after a few days it becomes apparent that Hugh is decomposing despite walking around. When George becomes so suspicious and afraid that he suggests that Anna takes spiritual steps to free Hugh's spirit from his rotting body things go South fast, and Anna is pushed towards a decision that will define her life.

There's a lot that could have been worked with here - the transience of "true" love, the strange relationship between the brothers, the landscape and history of Jersey, the fact that Hugh is the last of his line and could be kept on Earth by an ancestral pull to keep his family name alive, the hairy details of living decay - and maybe the novel this film is based on went into one or more of those things. Unfortunately the novel's author, Gordon Honeycombe, wrote the screenplay himself, so it's kind of hard to point the finger too many other places.
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This strange film is based on a book by a former British television newsreader and is a combination of love story and ghost story.

The settings are striking and the music score effective but it's a slow affair and one is baffled as to what market the film-makers were aiming for.

It still remains worth watching however if only for its being such a rare commodity in combining monster movie and love story.
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Neither the Sea Nor the Sand is a bizarre, paranoid film about Anna, a woman who travels alone to the Isle of Jersey in an attempt to sort out internally her troubled marriage. While out walking she meets Hugh the dreary lighthouse keeper. A romance promptly ignites from which the viewer is voyeuristically engaged until Hugh, engorged to capacity with the thrill of pursuit, keels over on the beach. She mourns the loss sedately for a short time before her lover, a bit gaunt, dedicatedly staggers back into her life.

I picked this up on a whim having no idea what I was getting into. The cover of the movie doesn't indicate its goings-on and the title is vague, yet I considered the brief synopsis and charged ahead with my usual apprehensions. I didn't expect much, but was pleasantly rewarded with what I believe to be a genuinely unique experience in undead cinema.

To start with, I wasn't particularly impressed with the cinematography, but felt that an adequate job was done considering the need to keep the protagonist's activities intimate and sheltered despite the interactions of the scripted outsiders. This is a softly filmed work indicative of the romance genre, but with obvious exceptions. There's a dead guy walking around.

Susan Hampshire carries a class and style in this piece that entranced me; she was both decidedly appealing and tragic. I wasn't as impressed with Michael Petrovitch, (Hugh), however, as he took on the wooden characteristics of the undead before actually becoming so. I think the only difference between his two states was his abilities to sprint and quote poetry ante mortem.

I do recommend grabbing this film if you're considering doing so.
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