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The Ghost (1963)

Lo spettro (original title)
R | | Horror | 30 March 1963 (Italy)
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)

Writers:

Oreste Biancoli (story and screenplay) (as Robert Davidson), Riccardo Freda (screenplay) (as Robert Hampton)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta Elio Jotta ... Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ... Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet Carol Bennet ... Woman
Carlo Kechler Carlo Kechler ... Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ... Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson Reginald Price Anderson ... Albert Fisher
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A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

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Horror... sharp as a razor's edge! Written in Blood! See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In one of his last interviews Francesco De Masi clarified that he had been brought in to re-score the movie after Franco Mannino's effort had been rejected. De Masi was given only three days to do the task which he achieved thanks to hard work by his orchestrator Ralph Ferraro. The director said he was delighted with De Masi's score and regarded the original to be a disaster, even saying that if only the rest of the film was as good as De Masi's music! However, since all the credits were anglicized pseudonyms anyway, the name "Franck Wallace" was retained. See more »

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Follows The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) See more »

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19 February 2006 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

This film perhaps holds up better than the first Dr. Hitchcock film and can be seen with or without that film. It stands on its own. A good film for people to be introduced to director Freda's work with. It gets better with repeated viewings and the music score is very good. This is not, just as none of his films are, a supernatural movie. So just know that going in. The film still has a good Gothic feel to it. Sadly there is no really good DVD release version of the film. There is a key and very graphic murder scene that is either cut down or cut completely out of several versions available. Without that being intact the impact of the later part of the film is really reduced. Think about Psycho if you basically cut out the shower scene. Not that this is in Psycho's league but this scene I'm talking about really makes this film work. It would be nice if Freda's films got a box set release of proper versions of his film. He started Mario Bava's career and Argento says Freda had more of an influence on him than Bava was. For now you have to really look hard and watch pretty lousy versions of his films to try to discover him as a director. It's worth the effort but would be nice for him to get some decent releases.


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