Four elderly men who gather once a week to thrill each other with tales of terror find one of their scariest stories coming to life, as a woman they mistakenly left for dead fifty years earlier returns to life to gain revenge. Featuring stellar talent, including Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Houseman as the main characters, this superior, chilling horror film takes its story from a novel by Peter Straub.
Melvyn Douglas - American Actor
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg - American Actor
Fred Astaire - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Frederick Austerlitz - American actor/dancer, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
Philippe Sarde - Composer
John Irvin - Director
Jack Cardiff - British director of photography, director
Lawrence D. Cohen - Screenwriter, CARRIE (1976), SOUTH PACIFIC (2001)
Alice Krige - Actress/In UK
Peter Straub - Horror novelist
Tom Rolf - Editor, BLACK RAIN (1989)
Norman Newberry - Art Director
Craig Wasson - American Actor
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - American actor, THE JAZZ AGE/GHOST STORY
Patricia Neal - Oscar winning American actress, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
John Houseman - Director/Producer/Actor
Jacques Haussmann - Director/Producer/Actor
In New England, four old men entertain each other by telling ghost stories. But these men are tormented by their own horrendous real-life tale, involving a crime they committed against a young lady during their youth -- an act they've hidden for the past 50 years. But this secret comes back to haunt them, as the evil spirit of the woman avenges the crime committed against her.
Fred Astaire's final film. He died in 1987. Also Melvyn Douglas' final film.
"...On the credit side is the opportunity to see [Astaire, Douglas, Fairbanks and Houseman] playing four old New England codgers..." - 12/16/1981 New York Times, p.C27