Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Kim Stanley plays a crooked medium who has become slightly unhinged since the death of her son. Craving money and publicity, she concocts a scheme with her weak-willed husband (Richard Attenborough). The pair will kidnap a wealthy young… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1964
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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If one says that the best things about Séance on a Wet Afternoon are the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes' script, this is not to decry Forbes' direction. In fact he does an excellent job.

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Emanuel Levy

Kim Stanley received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing a disturbed medium who conspires a kidnap in Bryan Forbes' erie and suspensuful tale.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film's extraordinary power derives from the way in which actress Kim Stanley convinces us of her character's conviction, no matter how misguided and, ultimately, pathetic.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Creepy but engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Riveting thriller about a kidnapping that goes wrong

Christopher Null

It's a claustrophobic experience and an interesting study of grief-induced insanity, but the pacing is the obvious reason why you've never heard of this film before.

Phil Hall

Highly effective psychological thriller, with a stunning star turn from Kim Stanley.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The undertakings are as spooky as the title; Kim Hunter shines; and the theme song haunts your mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A powerhouse, a haunted house, of a psychological thriller as a curious London couple plan and execute the kidnapping of a wealthy family's daughter.… More
Stephen M
An eerie little drama about a medium and her hen-pecked husband who carry out a kidnapping to prove the former's powers of clairvoyance. It goes without… More
Aj V
This movie has both an interesting story and interesting characters. If you like psychological thrillers, you'll like this movie. I really liked it.
jay nixon
time has taken the edge off this but the acting by the two leads is great.
Stella Dallas
decent mid-60's suspense thriller starring richard attenborough, who kidnaps a child to please his delusional wife, played by kim stanley. primarily a… More
John Ballantine
Another hidden gem. The whole scheme makes this story run very very well. It is always a good sign when you hope that the bad guys get away with their evil… More