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A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

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Clive Exton
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Complete credited cast:
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Katharine
Peter Bowles ... Peter
Maxine Gordon Maxine Gordon ... Verity
Jon Laurimore ... Dr. Hall
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ... Richard
John Judd ... Dave
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A family moves into a cottage in the countryside. The cottage is situated near an ancient megalithic stone circle, and one of the stones which the family arrange to have moved is in the garden of the cottage. However, as two workmen attempt to lift a large, heavy stone from their garden, an ancient curse is unleashed which causes the mother to bleed uncontrollably, despite having no wounds. Once the stone is finally moved, a skeleton is found buried there. The implication is that the mother's body is re-enacting the ritual execution of a witch who was buried under the stone centuries earlier. Written by lament

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English

Release Date:

28 December 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stigma See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A GHOST STORY: STIGMA {TV; Short} (Lawrence Gordon Clark, 1977) **1/2
9 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The removal of a large stone outside her country-house seems to have a mysterious and life-threatening influence on a woman. Not an ineffective, yet rather muddled, depiction of ancient evil reawakened; one of only two entries from the annual BBC-TV series to adopt a modern setting. While this particular teleplay features no well-known actors unlike its predecessors, it is undeniably still acted with conviction – especially Kate Binchy in the difficult lead role, which has her bleeding inexplicably and with more profusion as time goes by until she eventually expires in her bed! On the other hand, this particular episode – which was until recently only available to view via a battered, time coded copy – boasts distinguished credits in writer Clive Exton and the ubiquitous director who was also behind most of the best-remembered horror tales on British TV of the 1970s, including the 1979 version of CASTING THE RUNES.


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