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Great Story - Poor Version,
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This review is from: Casting the Runes  [DVD] (DVD)
Casting the Runes is one of the best stories of possibly the greatest Ghost Story writer, MR James. Filmed moderately successfully in the 50s as Night of the Demon, here we have another modernised version of a true classic story.
Unfortunately its just not a very good one. Iain Cuthbertson, a fine actor, is given almost nothing to do, apart from a risible scene where is disembodied laughing head is superimposed on a globe.
Elsewhere the acting is adequate but the story is needlessly changed and unfortunately usually in a poorly realised direction such as the bedroom haunting sequence.
All in all an ill advised adaptation of a story that deserved better.