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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ghosts Of Hanley House (1968)

Starring Elsie Baker, Barbara Chase, Wilkie de Martel, Roberta Reeves, Cliff Scott
Directed by Louise Sherrill
(actor & director credits courtesy

A young man accepts a bet to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house, and invites his friends to join him, but the group soon learns the ghosts are frighteningly real.

Very much looking like an amateur production, with cheap contrast effects standing in for the ghosts and a poor music score, this film aspires to be a scary creepfest, but doesn't have the budget or polish to pull it off.  The screenplay, acting, and photography are passable, but apart from some unnerving sound effects, the ghosts just don't do anything frightening enough to hold one's interest.

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