Review: Ghost Story (1981)

It was finally time to check out this “wet” ghost story from the early 80’s.


Director: John Irvin
Stars: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Distributor: Scream Factory
Runtime: 110 mins

“I will take you places you’ve never been. I will show you things that you have never seen and I will see the life run out of you.”

Four elderly and succesful gentlemen can’t get much sleep at night. The friends share a gruesome secret that’s forced to the surface after some bizarre deaths.

It’s fun to see all of the old Hollywood legends in a genuine ghost story. I’m not easily scared, but there was some good chills along the way. From the orchestrated soundtrack over the slow pace of the film, relying more on mood, tension and atmosphere to the splendid performances of our veteran foursome Fred Astaire, Melvin Douglas, John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. It’s one of the last “classic” ghost stories. Even though it couldn’t match the greatness of “The Changeling” (1980) it’s definitely worth your while!