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The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989)

A woman's husband and his lover try to drive her mad at their seaside mansion.


Jerry London


Jim Flanagan (novel), Thomas Baum (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sela Ward ... Sarah Hardy
Michael Woods ... Austin Hardy
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... Allen deVineyn
Polly Bergen ... Emily Stepford
Morgan Fairchild ... Lucy
Charles Bernard Charles Bernard ... Uncle Neddy
Vana O'Brien Vana O'Brien ... Aunt Caroline
Janet Penner Janet Penner ... Sarah's Mother
Steven Clark Pachosa Steven Clark Pachosa ... Shingler
Bethany Ward Bethany Ward ... Young Sarah
Joe Cronin Joe Cronin ... Burton McMahon
Dawn Prociv Dawn Prociv ... Young Lucy
Jeff Williams Jeff Williams ... Young Alan
Mitzi Ellis Mitzi Ellis ... Nan Claiborne
Rod Pilloud Rod Pilloud ... Biff Claiborne


As a child, Sarah witnesses her wealthy mother's suicide. Later, as a young bride, she moves back into her mother's old estate. Shortly after, she is haunted by her mother's voice, receiving strange phone calls, and other bizarre occurrences around the house. Is it her imagination, her dead mother's spirit, or someone playing tricks on her..? Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu> / edited by: <halloweenh27@yahoo.com>

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Money, Madness, Murder.


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Release Date:

31 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loucura de Sarah See more »

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North Coast, Oregon, USA See more »

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When Sarah returns home one afternoon, and goes into her bedroom, she quickly closes the door behind her. We hear the distinct sound of a lock or latch being fastened while her hand is briefly on the door knob. The viewers are to assume that she has locked the door. But when Miss Thetford then tries to come into the room, and the camera gives a close shot of the door knob while she's twisting it, we see that the only way to lock that door is with a skeleton key. There is no key in the hole, and there would have been no way for Sarah to have locked the door so quickly unless she had left the skeleton key in the hole. See more »

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Mommie dearest, would you light the gas lamp?
2 October 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Directed by Jerry London and adapted to teleplay by Thomas Baum from the novel, The Crossing, written by Jim Flanagan. It stars Sela Ward, Michael Woods, Roscoe Born, Morgan Fairchild and Polly Bergen.

After a troubled childhood that saw her father die and her mother go mad to the point of suicide, Sarah Hardy (Ward) blossoms into a beautiful woman and marries a handsome man. In spite of her close friends concerns, Sarah and her husband decide to move back to the family home of her childhood, The Pines. It's not long before strange occurrences begin to unnerve Sarah at The Pines. Is her mother not really dead, is it a ghost, or outside influences with ulterior motives?

I genuinely feel bad pouring some scorn on this TV movie, because I so wanted to like it, to grasp a bit of freshness in what has become known as the Gaslight sub-genre of horror. Sadly it's just not very good. It's awash with soap opera operatics, some very poor acting, a confused tonal flow (am I mystery, horror, a message thriller?), an out of place porn movie jazz like musical score, and an ending that beggars belief. The mansion design is great, and there's some nice night time photography during the outer grounds sequences, but it's a difficult film to recommend to those after a good old fashioned mansion based spooker. 5/10

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