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Haunted Details

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Adapted from the novel by James Herbert, this subtle, melancholy British chiller owes a great deal to Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. The story opens with a chilling prologue in 1905 England, in which a young boy fails to prevent the accidental drowning of his sister. As a young man, David (Aidan Quinn) is still tormented by guilt and remorse. After several years in the United States, David returns to England to continue his work researching and debunking claims of the supernatural. His latest investigation into the alleged haunting of Edbrook Manor -- at the behest of the Marriell's family nanny, Tess (Anna Massey) -- introduces him to the eccentric company of the lovely Christina Mariell (Kate Beckinsale) and her brothers Robert and Simon (Anthony Andrews and Alex Lowe). Despite repeated warnings from Tess that mischievous spirits are at work, David refuses to concede that the house is haunted -- until the angelic vision of his drowned sister reveals the true nature of his strange hosts. The rich period setting lends a classy Merchant Ivory touch to the film, and the high production values indicate the guiding hand of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola, but the performances are a bit too cold and detached to provide any legitimate tension. Fans of the classic 1961 film Francis Ford Coppola will not find the central mystery particularly challenging. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Aidan Quinn
as David Ash
Kate Beckinsale
as Christina Mariell
Anthony Andrews
as Robert Mariell
John Gielgud
as Dr. Doyle
Anna Massey
as Nanny Tess
Geraldine Somerville
as Kate
Victoria Shalet
as Juliet Ash
Peter England
as Young David
Liz Smith
as Old Gypsy Woman
Linda Bassett
as Madame Brontski
Alice Douglas
as Clare
Hilary Mason
as Elderly Lady
Edmund Moriarty
as Liam
Geraldine Somerville
as Kate
Hilary Mason
as Elderly Lady
Liz Smith
as Old Gypsy Woman
Alice Douglas
as Clare
Victoria Shalet
as Juliet Ash
Linda Bassett
as Madame Brontski
Peter England
as Young David

Crew

Lewis Gilbert
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Producer
Ralph Kamp
Producer
Anthony Andrews
Producer
Timothy Prager
Screenwriter
Lewis Gilbert
Screenwriter
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Cinematographer
Debbie Wiseman
Composer (Music Score)
John Jympson
Editor
John Fenner
Production Designer
Gary Tomkins
Art Director
William P. Cartlidge
Co-producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Fred Fuchs
Executive Producer
Jeff Kleeman
Executive Producer
Jane Robinson
Costume Designer
Candy Patterson
Costume Designer
Candice Paterson
Costume Designer
Dean Humphreys
Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Weston
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Hutchinson
Special Effects
Joyce Nettles
Casting
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