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Adapted by Lewis John Carlino from the speculative novel by Anne Edwards, Haunted Summer recounts one of the most tempestuous "menage a quatres" of the 19th century. During an Italian holiday in 1816, novelist Mary Godwin (Alice Krige) meets the man she is destined to marry, bisexual poet Percy Byshe Shelley (Eric Stoltz). In so doing, Mary finds herself in emotional conflict with Shelley's possessive mentor Dr. Polidori (Alex Winter) and his fellow poet and erstwhile lover, the tortured Lord Byron (Philip Anglim). The erotic adventures that follow make the Gothic goings-on in Mary Shelley's subsequent novel Frankenstein seem like a day at the beach, though it is suggested that Frankenstein might never have happened had it not been for Mary's fateful "Summer of '16." Also figuring into the proceedings is one Claire Claremont, played by Laura Dern, who arguably delivers the film's best performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1988

Cast

Philip Anglim
as Lord Byron
Laura Dern
as Claire Clairmont
Alice Krige
as Mary Godwin
Eric Stoltz
as Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alex Winter
as John Polidori
Peter Berling
as Maurice
Don Hodson
as Rushton
Peter Berling
as Maurice

Crew

Ivan Passer
Director
John Thompson
Producer
Yoram Globus
Producer
Martin Poll
Producer
Lewis John Carlino
Screenwriter
Anne Edwards
Book Author
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Christopher Young
Composer (Music Score)
Cesare D'Amico
Editor
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
John Thompson
Associate Producer
Mario Cotone
Associate Producer
Yoram Globus
Executive Producer
Menahem Golan
Executive Producer
Gabriella Pescucci
Costume Designer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Mauro Sacripanti
First Assistant Director
Jose Villaverde
Casting
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