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"Ghost Story" (1981)

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Peter Straub's scary novel became a not very scary film- great cast- Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks are terrorized by a vengeful ghost (Alice Kriege) .    Straubs long complex novel which pays tribute to classic horror stories is over simplified- some character simply vanish with out explanation.   Director John Irvin fails to create suspense one can only imagine what John Carpenter might have done with the material. Make-up fx from the great Richard (Dick) Smith supply the occasional shock.  The eerie score by Philippe Sarde provides the spooky atmosphere.  This is a novel that should be remade- it would make an excellent mini-series.

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Good idea about the mini-series.  Limited series are popular now.  A two hour movie can't do justice to the book which I liked a lot. The awesome cast is the best thing about the movie.

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