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Blu-ray Review: A Great Cast & Jack Cardiff’s Glorious Cinematography Make GHOST STORY A Must-See - Movies In Focus
They don’t make them like Ghost Story anymore. This 1981 horror has a cast of Hollywood greats (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman) playing an elderly gentlemen’s group haunted by a deep dark secret. This might not be the scariest horror film ever made but it’s a classy movie with good performances and fantastic cinematography courtesy of the great Jack Cardiff. Based on Peter Straub’s 1979 novel of the same name, Ghost Story has the feel of a Stephen King tale. That’s no surprise giving its Maine setting – and the fact that Straub was inspired by King’s masterwork, Salem’s Lot (King would later go on to praise the novel). Lawrence D. Cohen’s screenplay may be slighter than Straub’s rich novel, but director John Irvin has turned it into a slow burning horror that reeks of class and atmosphere. Wrapped in flashbacks and assorted time periods, Ghost Story is a horror for the older generation and it has more in common with films like The Changeling and The Shining than the slasher films which were dominating the horror scene in the 1980s. It’s great to see actors like Fred Astaire taking the lead here, leaving the [...]