“Ghost Story” is about a world of nightmares, as community elders in Milburn, Vermont find themselves stalked by devastating images. Attorney Sears James (John Houseman), retired physician Dr. John Jaffrey (Melvyn Douglas), businessman Ricky Hawthorne (Fred Astaire), and Milburn mayor Edward Charles Wanderley (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) have all been affected by the scandal. these unrelenting nightmares, as lifelong friends forced to recount their past sins. As a means of distracting themselves from the real-life terror that befalls their every move, four men, known as the “Chowder Society”, tell ghost stories around a group of people. burning, hoping to keep the ghosts of their youth. It’s a cute endeavor, but any good horror fan knows these men couldn’t delay their reckoning much longer.
Straub’s novel is a staggering 483 pages long, which was asked by Universal to make a movie in less than two hours running time. Somehow, screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen (“Carrie”) was able to succeed, as did director John Irvin (“Raw Deal,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). According to an interview Cohen provided on the Scream Factory release of “Ghost Story,” this, unfortunately, means that a lot of Straub’s great stories have been sacrificed for the forced runtime. Cohen still believes “Ghost Story” would be a better fit as a miniseries.
The fact that “Ghost Story” remains a powerful, unsettling addition to the haunting sub-gen despite so much of Straub’s work being left out of the final script is a testament to his talent. .
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