Ghost Story (1981)


Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley’s twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.


This film is one which I admit I only saw recently, I missed it when it was first released, which is a shame, as I would have liked to haveĀ  experienced it along with everyone else on it’s release.

However, this is a a film based on the Peter Straub horror novel of the same name, and it’s a real classic of the genre.

The film stars some classic people including Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, and is directed by John Irvin, who went on to direct Raw Deal, Hamburger Hill and a slew of other classics.

A lot of the scares in this film are genuine, not just put there for effect (like there are nowadays), but I really cannot say more than that without spoiling the fun.

The story-line is somewhat predictable at times (let’s be honest – you can see it coming a mile away), but it’s just so fun to see all those old actors working together in a ghost story film that you forgive it’s failures.


a solid 6 out of 10.