Ghost Story
Ghost Story (1981)

This 1981 John Irvin picture constitutes an adaptation of Peter Straub's colossal, bestselling novel. The central plot -- shared by both book and film -- revolves around the four elderly members of the Chowder Society (Fred Astaire,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The Shining is about decay. Ghost Story talks about decay.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

creepy but muddled

Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

A film driven by atmosphere and a quiet sense of foreboding dread, Ghost Story is the hauntingly provocative adaptation of Peter Straub's novel that may be a tonal mess, but still has this weirdly hypnotic power to it after all these years.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The classic Hollywood stars lend distinction to this rather tepid spook show.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An OK film adaptation whose primary point of interest is its collection of superlative seniors in the leading roles.

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Scott Weinberg

Impressive cast can't advance the flick's snail pace.

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Alex roy
Ghost Story is an average horror yarn that had the potential of being something truly memorable. As it stands, there are some effective moments here and there,… More
Devon Bott
Sloppily directed, sloppily edited, with a bare-thread, can-be-seen-coming-from-miles-away storyline, it all adds up to the giant waste of time that is… More
jay nixon
Great to see old vets Astaire, Houseman, Fairbanks, Douglas and Neal headlining a major film its just too bad that film isn't better.
Cindy I
The book scared the hell out of me. The movie? Eh...not so much. It had its moments, but it really just didn't do it for me.
Lanning : )
And speaking of Fred Astaire . . . It's almost painful to see some stars grow old on screen. I can well understand Jamie Lee Curtis' statement about… More
Steve B.
Not particularly scary, or creepy, or even atmospheric. The biggest shock is that the movie is actually better than the book.