- Actors: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh
- Directors: Peter Sasdy
- Writers: Nigel Kneale
- Producers: Innes Lloyd
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Bfi
- VHS Release Date: 20 Aug. 2001
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005N9FH
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Stone Tape [VHS] 
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Atmospheric seventies ghost story from the BBC. When scientists working for Ryan Electrics move into their new headquarters, a gothic mansion, they find one room unfinished. Strange noises are heard, and the builders are too frightened to complete their work. When the other scientists dismiss such fears as irrational whimsy, only psychically-minded Jill (Jane Asher) senses the dark secret that lurks beneath the building.
Top Customer Reviews
In it the mysterious death of a maid a 100 years ago has somehow got "recorded" in the very stonework of the building. There are also hints about mysterious happenings to American servicemen stationed there during WW2, rumours of black magic from long before that, and some vague, but unnerving suggestions as to what happened on the site thousands of years ago. A complex, intelligent script, and well-rounded characters definitely make this a bit of vintage television worth seeing. Michael Bryant, Ian Cuthbertson and Jane Asher are all very good indeed.
At the age of 14 this classic ghost story had just the right mix of the supernatural and science fiction to make a lasting impression. The horror does not come in the form of blood and gore but from the basic plot element which identifies that the stone of a building records events when they occur under the correct set of emotinal circumstances, which to me seemed to offer a perfect solution to the question 'are there such things as ghosts ?'
The intensity of the plot has lost nothing in 30 years and although a little dated in some areas such as it's lack of exterior scenes, this seems to add to it's status as a classic, in the same way as Quatermass.
I watched it recently with my 68 year old father and my 13 year old nephew in the knowledge that they would both enjoy and suffer only a limited number of sleepless nights !!
The narrative is about a research team, from an electronics engineering company, who have been relocated into an old Victorian house. They are there to start work on finding a new recording medium. They soon gather that there is a ghostly apparition in the building. Their ambitious Project leader Peter Brock resolves not only to study the spectre, which he believes is a psychic imprint trapped in a stone wall (labelled a "stone tape") but to exorcise it too - with very disturbing consequences.
The story is reinforced with the use of legitimate science, to somehow overcome the supernatural and is done with fastidiousness and real plausibility. As the modern viewer looks at technology and computers that are over 40 years old, the cast still has the ability to surpass, with skill, at making the viewer buy into their procedures and analysis - that are ultimately brought to the fore. When they hypothesise that the stone itself is storing the energy that produces the effects, to the viewer it makes sense. Herein lays the strength of this production.
For me, this is a show that holds the same tension and foreboding as it did when I saw it as a youth, maybe if you watch it on a bright warm sunny afternoon - it may lose some its dark lustre. However, watch it in the evening and alone, well that is different prospect entirely.
What manifests in the house during the terrifying climax, is an ancient place of sacrifice; and the entities that we see, robbed of their victim by the scientific team's investigation, take Jill as a replacement, and she, tragically, becomes the new ghost, trapped in the stonework. We can only prey, that what is trapped is just a dead recording - for her sake. Because the alternative is horrifying beyond belief.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You do not have to read much in the field of ghosts and parapsychology no matter where you stand before coming across "The Stone Tape" hypothesis and welcomed the chance to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chas Spring
Fantastic old TV movie with the beautiful Jane Asher. DVD was in 'Brand New' shape and arrived rather quickly.Published 12 months ago by Ash Krueger
Excellent story - with a nicely lopped conclusion, its dated but but in a good way, the science is near believable because of the link between c crystals and resonates . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr MA Lawrence