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The Haunting of Morella (1990)

A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her ... See full summary »

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Jim Wynorski

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), R.J. Robertson (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David McCallum ... Gideon
Nicole Eggert ... Morella / Lenora
Christopher Halsted Christopher Halsted ... Guy
Lana Clarkson ... Coel
Maria Ford ... Diane
Jonathan Farwell Jonathan Farwell ... Dr. Gault
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Quintis
Brewster Gould Brewster Gould ... Miles Archer
Gail Thackray ... Ilsa (as Gail Harris)
Clement von Franckenstein ... Judge Brock
R.J. Robertson R.J. Robertson ... Reverend Ward
Deborah Dutch ... Serving Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Knight
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Storyline

A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her mother's family. Now that the stage is set, the mother wants to return to life by taking over her daughter's body. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hechizo de Morella See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,547,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,547,867
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Production Co:

Concorde-New Horizons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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At 61 minutes when Diane appears at the pool, she is wearing the sort of skimpy underwear which would not have been available until well into the 20th century. See more »

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Gideon: I still cannot bring myself to utter that name.
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Not Too Poor But Not Too Poe
10 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

If the blind recluse Gideon Locke seems a tad depressed and bewildered in 1990's "The Haunting of Morella," I suppose he's got reasonable enough cause. Seventeen years earlier, his beautiful wife Morella had been crucified and eye-gouged to death for the crime of witchcraft (in an opening scene that still pales in comparison with the similar one in Mario Bava's 1961 horror classic "Black Sunday"), and now, his look-alike daughter Lenora is beginning to show signs of possession. This by-now-familiar storyline has been padded out with gratuitous (but always welcome!) nudity, lesbianism, mucho gore and various gross-out FX to the point where any resemblance to Poe's short short story "Morella" is glancing at best. This being a Roger Corman production, the film has been put together on the cheap, but typical for Corman, still manages to look handsome enough. In her dual roles as Morella and Lenora, Nicole Eggert proves something of a mixed blessing. She is OK in the evil witch role, but hardly seems a proper young 19th century British lass; more like a whiny Valley girl. As her towering and murderess governess, Lana Clarkson literally stands out in this cast. Her nighttime waterfall tryst with servant girl Maria Ford is a hoot and a half, as I'm not certain that Frederick's of Hollywood existed 200 years ago! Best of all, of course, is my main man, David McCallum, as Lenora's reclusive father. Blind, unkempt and constantly rattled, he is here as different a character as can be imagined from supercool U.N.C.L.E. agent Illya Kuryakin. Anyway, while nothing great, "The Haunting of Morella" should prove just fine for an evening's entertainment. Oh...I just love the name of the actor who passes sentence on Morella in the film's opening scene: Clement von Franckenstein!


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