#31in31 2019 – “Ghost Story” (1981)

“I’ve come for you.”

Story: Four dapper old friends get together regularly to swap scary stories as “The Chowder Society”. But the scariest tale happened to them fifty years ago… And isn’t through with them yet.

Scares: Of the creepy ghost variety.

Splat factor: Barely any, though the climax gets gruesome.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nup!

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Based on Peter Straub’s novel of the same name.

Trick or Treat?: Fred Astaire. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Melvyn Douglas. These four golden age of film legends get together and deliver a helluva tale. I don’t know what’s better, this chilling tale, or seeing these old boys together. Not only one of my all-time favorite movie posters, Story is a damn good film. Every horrorhound and classic movie buff needs to see it.

There’s some liberty taken with Straub’s original story, but the “sins of the fathers” theme is done well here. There’s no good guys; every character is hiding a flaw, including the doomed and damning Alma/Eva. The entire cast deliver top notch performances, including Craig Wasson who plays double duty as young David in flashback, and David’s grown son Don in their present day…which is probably why those characters look so much alike. #themoreyouknow 

This chilling classic makes a great double feature with The Changeling, though this one’s much more of a gut punch. Watch Story on a cold, rainy night, with the lights off. Enjoy.

Score: 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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