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The Stone Tape [VHS] [1972]

4.0 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews


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  • 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)
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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.

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I just want to get the negative bits over with first. Yes, this has inevitably dated. It is set-bound for one thing,(I can't help feeling how brilliant it would be to re-do this now, but filming it on location at some appropriately atmospheric spot), the special effects are distinctly Dr Who-style, and some of the acting is very 1970s television, i.e lots of up-the-nostrils close-up shots and actors bellowing at the tops of their voices as though microphones hadn't been invented yet! Having said all that though, it does hold up very well as a classic piece of television drama which is fondly remembered by many who were lucky enough to see it the first time round.
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.
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I remember when this was first broadcast in 1972.
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 !!
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Why "Once seen, never forgotten"? Because that's the effect this superb BBC film had on me. Even today, I still remember seeing it in '72 on TV. It has stuck with me ever since and has even influenced my own writing for children. I agree 100% with other reviewers who lament the passing of the BBC's ability and willingness to mark each new year with a superbly produced story of ghosts or the supernatural - and in 'The Stone Tape' you get both, plus a hefty dose of sci-fi. The fact that the production is now dated, somehow adds to its atmosphere, so pray that no double-barrelled geek with 23 degrees in media studies thinks "Ah - just imagine what we could do today with digital effects. Let's re-make it." Who needs it when you've already got a Grade One story; a Grade One script; Grade One direction and acting; and a storyline that never lets you see old houses in the same way ever again. So - if you want a truly classic tale to unsettle you on a dark winter's evening as the winds swirl and the doors creak - then this is it. Five stars seems mean.
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By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2014
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The Stone Tape in 1972 can be remembered as one of the most chilling events to be viewed on the small screen.

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.
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There is something about the work of the late Nigel Kneale that to this day I still find deeply disturbing. I don't know why or how, but his work always seems to invoke a sense of dread few writers have ever managed to pull off. The Stone Tape is, in my humble opinion, his greatest piece of work. Especially if you have a clear understanding of the ending, which I will attempt to explain here; take a good look at those ghostly twisting shapes you see pursuing Jill at the climax. Do they look somehow familiar? They should. They are druids. She does not fall from a staircase; she falls from a cliff face. One of the methods of sacrifice to elder gods employed by ancient man, was to heard the victim over the edge of a cliff.

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.
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