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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOTHIC GHOST STORY THAT WILL HAUNT THE VIEWER...
This is a little heralded gem of a film and a chilling adaptation of James Herbert's spooky novel of the same name. With a star studded cast, the film does not lack for talent. Beautifully acted, this gothic ghost story is a wonderfully atmospheric, haunted house tale, sparely told.
The film begins with a turn of the century scene in Sussex, England with two children...
Published on 11 Nov 2002 by Lawyeraau

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Simply put - this is a by-the-numbers English ghost story (in the vein of Wilkie Collins or any of the other of M R James' work) that has some good performances but is painfully predictable.

A sceptical ghost hunter is called to investigate a haunting; will he disprove the ghost? Who could possibly predict what happens next! Okay, so the source material was...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOTHIC GHOST STORY THAT WILL HAUNT THE VIEWER..., 11 Nov 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Haunted [VHS] [1995] (VHS Tape)
This is a little heralded gem of a film and a chilling adaptation of James Herbert's spooky novel of the same name. With a star studded cast, the film does not lack for talent. Beautifully acted, this gothic ghost story is a wonderfully atmospheric, haunted house tale, sparely told.
The film begins with a turn of the century scene in Sussex, England with two children playing in the idyllic English countryside. They are fraternal twins, David and Juliet Ash. While playing, Juliet ends up drowning, and David, to his life long regret, is unable to save her.
Years later, David (Aidan Quinn) is a Professor of Psychology with a penchant for debunking so-called supernatural occurrences. After receiving an intriguing and pleading letter from a Mrs. Webb about ghostly apparitions at the rural manor home in which she resides, David goes there, only to be met by the Mariell clan, consistibg of Christina (Kate Beckindsale), and her brothers, Robert (Anthony Andrews) and Simon (Alex Lowe). It turns out that Mrs, Webb is their old nanny, whom they all still call Nanny Tess (Ann Massey). She is clearly terrified of something that is going on in the house, and the Mariells all seem to be humoring her.
The Mariell siblings, at first, appear to be wildly eccentric Brits, but later seem to be more than just a little twisted, as it soon becomes apparent that all is not right in that household. There are things that go bump in the night, strange music is played, and the ghostly apparition of a young girl seems to glide about the house and grounds. Moreover, Nanny Tess always appears to be in a state of acute terror and is even so when the seemingly benign Dr. Doyle (John Geilgud) appears to give her a check up.
As a romance heats up between David and Kate, however, David appears to turn a blind eye to what is going on in the household. Even the apparently unwholesome relationship Christina appears to have with her brothers, especially Robert, initially fails to nonplus David. Too late, he realizes the nature of the evil within this isolated, rural manor house. In the end, it takes the force of something beyond the grave to save him from an almost unimaginable horror.
The acting is superb in this remarkably told tale of ghosts and things that go bump in the night. This is a well done, stealthily told, haunted house story that is sure to keep viewers glued to their screens. Kate Beckinsale give a wonderful performance as the seemingly quirky and free spirited Christina. Anthony Andrews is excellent as the slightly sinister, oldest sibling, Robert. Alex Lowe is appropriately eccentric as Christina's off the wall brother, Simon. John Gielgud gives a terrific cameo performance. Aidan Quinn is effective as the erstwhile debunker who loses sight of his mission and is gulled into a false sense of reality.
The only reason I did not rate this film five stars is because the director acquiesced to some need to resort to cheesy special effects at the very end. The superimposed faces on the last fire scene was unnecessary and only served to cheapen what had, otherwise, been, a very well done and spooky film. Nevertheless, this is a film well worth watching.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film, 1 May 2009
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This review is from: Haunted [1995] [Dutch Import] (DVD)
Being a fan of James Herbert I thought I would invest in the film based on his book 'Haunted'. I quickly re-read the book to refresh my memory. The film was well acted and enjoyable. The ending of the film came as a surprise because it was slightly different to that in the book [you shouldn't really compare the two]some characters were also removed and another added. If you are looking to be scared then I don't believe this film will scare you. If you have never read the book then you are in for a big surprise with the plot and for that alone it's worth watching. The story is based around two brothers and a sister [who have an unusual relationship] and their 'nanny' who suffers terribly during the film. A paranormal investigater is brought in to determine whether the statley home is haunted or not [he has had tragedy in his life] - he believes ghosts don't exist - will his views change with the run of events that follow during his stay at the home - I guess you will have to watch the film [and definately read the book]to find out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling ghost story, 24 Jan 2008
A really underrated and superbly acted ghost story, similar in feel
To the Others. Aidan Quinn specialises in debunking paranormal
Events. But he is called out to a country mansion to investigate
A woman who claims she is haunted.

And when events start to happen all is not at it seems.
Great chemistry Between Beckinsale and Quinn. Also A.Andrews and Gielgud are very Good. Andrews strange relationship with Beckinsale and a subplot About Quinns ghosts of his own past either real or imagined, are all explained at the end. But for me Beckinsale steals the movie she looks great and plays her role well, highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story with a great twist in the tale !, 17 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Haunted [VHS] [1995] (VHS Tape)
A very clever love story, with great performances from Kate Beckinsale and Aidan Quinn, and Anthony Andrews in fine form. A few jumpy moments, and a very clever ending. Well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Edbrook Haunting., 29 Nov 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Haunted [1995] [Dutch Import] (DVD)
Haunted is directed by Lewis Gilbert, who co-adapts the screenplay with Bob Kellett and Timothy Prager from the novel written by James Herbert. It stars Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, Alex Lowe, John Gielgud and Anna Massey. Music is by Debbie Wiseman and cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.

Following the accidental death of his twin sister when they were just kids, David Ash (Quinn) has grown up to be a parapsychologist determined to debunk the existence of ghosts. Receiving an invitation from the Mariell family to investigate supernatural activity at their family home, Edbrook House, David accepts and quickly finds his life flipped upside down...

It's from the old fashioned school of horror, a period piece of some worth, but not one for anyone looking to be scared out of their wits. Actually the novel by the late great James Herbert was becalmed when judged by his superb standards, so it really will help any potential first time viewer to go into this expecting a more ethereal chiller than anything else.

There's an air of romanticism constantly hanging in the air, and with Gilbert nodding towards the likes of The Haunting for his scares and Don't Look Now for the meditation on grief angle, it's a film of mixed blessings. Also nice to see very good period design for the 1920s setting, while Roberts' photography skilfully brings beauty to the English countryside and murkier tones for the inner workings of Edbrook House.

Cast are fine, with Quinn and a perky Beckinsale creating good sensual chemistry, and Andrews and Lowe are suitably odd as the clearly off-kilter Mariell brothers. Massey, however, is not challenged by her role and Gilegud is only really filing in for an easy money cameo.

It gets away from itself a little in the final stretch, where it's not helped by some shoddy effects work, but there's good value to be had in the picture. With grief, guilt, redemption and incest bubbling away thematically, and the spectral visage of David's dead sister haunting the edges of the frame, film never lacks for literate effort or a sense of unease. The book is much better, mind. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned ghost story, 3 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Haunted [1995] [Dutch Import] (DVD)
I dont like modern horror films at all but this movie is an old fashioned ghost story to rival the best of the classics eg House of Usher etc
The gorgeous Kate Beckinsdale plays an endearingly unforgettable role
Aidan Quinn was fantastic and I found the scene at the beginning where he exposed a bogus psychic hilarious.
It is charming in an old fashioned eery way and there is a twist in the tail near the end which would make Edgar Allen Poe proud
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well told ghost story, 18 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Haunted [1995] [Dutch Import] (DVD)
I enjoyed the book and I enjoyed the film. They are slightly different as books and films quite often are. If you're looking for a film to scare you or make you jump then this might not be the film for you. If you like a well told ghost story, you won't be disappointed with this one.
The Dutch import worked fine in the UK.
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3.0 out of 5 stars so-so, 11 Aug 2014
This review is from: Haunted (Amazon Instant Video)
Simply put - this is a by-the-numbers English ghost story (in the vein of Wilkie Collins or any of the other of M R James' work) that has some good performances but is painfully predictable.

A sceptical ghost hunter is called to investigate a haunting; will he disprove the ghost? Who could possibly predict what happens next! Okay, so the source material was written at a time when this kind of plot wasn't so hackneyed but still...

My other main gripe is that the 'special' effects towards the end were incredibly ropey. In 1995 CGI wasn't mainstream but there's no excuse for speeded up footage and poor use of dummies. That said, a conflagration earlier in the film was done incredibly well.

All in all, I'd rather recommend the original 'Woman in Black' or 'The Innocents'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film rocks!, 15 Jan 2004
This review is from: Haunted [VHS] [1995] (VHS Tape)
I saw this film when it was on TV absolutely aaaages ago and it is the best film i have ever seen. so spooky! i really love how it begins and the twist in it... it's such an amazing story and the acting is great. I really recommend it!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thinking mans ghost story ....... with a twist ....., 12 Oct 2007
i like the others who have watched this movie , really enjoyed it . my only gripe is that it has not to my knowledge been released on u.k. region 2 although i may be wrong and have missed it , so like many others i was forced to buy the region 1 copy . if you enjoy ghost stories then i think you will like this one , its far more involved than many more recent ghost movies have been and has a good twist or two ,one of which can be viewed as a little disturbing , but to discuss it would be a spoiler and ruin you opportunity to watch it , quinn is great in it as is beckinsale , in all her glory .... and the rest of the cast are excellent all in all well worth a watch , so with halloween approaching you could do far far worse .if you looking for another great ghost movie i also enjoyed a little known movie with demi moore , HALF LIGHT , check out the reviews , enjoy .
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