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The Exorcism of Hugh (1972)

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (original title)
This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Anna Robinson
George Dabernon
Hugh Dabernon
Collie Delamare
Jack Lambert ...
Dr. Irving
Betty Duncan ...
Mrs. MacKay
David Garth ...
Mr. MacKay
Delamare (as Tony Booth)


This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story. Written by Ørnås

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A bizarre story of love, life and death.


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Release Date:

November 1972 (UK)  »

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Beneath Sea and Sand  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Susan Hampshire was cast because the original choices were beyond the budget of the project. See more »


Towards the end of the film, the flowers Collie carries frequently change from being in bloom to not being in bloom. See more »


George Dabernon: When does a man die? Who knows what happens in the moment of death? The soul doesn't die, simply leaves the body. But what if it didn't? If it went on living in a dead body? A prisoner, in a body decaying around it. Is it possible? What is possible?
Anna Robinson: Hugh was not dead.
George Dabernon: If it weren't for you, this would never have happened. He's possessed, isn't he? Possessed by you. You're a witch, trafficking with the Devil. You have conjured an evil spirit into his dead body.
Anna Robinson: My love for him has given him life...
George Dabernon:
Anna Robinson:
George Dabernon:
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[epilogue] "Neither the sea nor the sand will kill their love, Nor the wind take it in envy from them...." See more »

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My daughter kept begging me to turn the movie off! Maybe next time I should listen to her!
3 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During much of "The Exorcism of Hugh", my oldest daughter kept begging me to turn off the TV. That's because it is an incredibly slow film...glacially slow....snail's pace slow. What occurs in the first hour EASILY could have been done in 10 minutes or less! So was it worth our sticking with this one until the end? Read on and see for yourself.

The film begins with two lovers meeting in Jersey. Soon, they decide to take a little trip to Scotland where, for no particular reason, the boyfriend just dies. This takes us to the middle of the film--one hour and this is all that occurs! However, despite being dead, he apparently becomes undead--and they just hop on a plane and fly back to his place in Jersey. During all this time, his lady friend talks a lot--and Hugh just stands around like a zombie. When the dead guy's brother begins preaching at him (after all, perhaps he thought a few well-chose Bible verses would compel Hugh to come to terms with being dead), Hugh kills him! And, for the rest of the film, the audience HOPES that more violence occurs--because at least then SOMETHING would happen. Unfortunately, this murder seems like an aberration and for the longest time afterwords, the two lovers hang out at Hugh's house. Later, the lady finds that hanging with a zombie and kissing him isn't all it's cracked up to be but Hugh just keeps rotting...and perhaps waiting for the director to give him SOME direction!

All in all, the idea of a love that compels a man to remain undead and to devotedly follow his sweetie is a great idea--and it's hard to imagine such a film being this awful. Too bad the director was apparently insane and made absolutely nothing of the idea. Glacial pacing does NOT make for a satisfying film and my daughter was right--the payoff for seeing the rest of the film wasn't worth the long wait.

By the way, if you do choose to see the film (DON'T!!), try to turn down the sound during some of the musical interludes. A few of them are so bad that it might cause hysterical deafness.

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