Ghost Story. 1981. USA. Directed by John Irvin. Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Peter Straub. With Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman. 35mm. 110 min.
Four elderly men gather to tell each other ghost stories in this, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s final feature film. The atmosphere is dark and foreboding, and when the men meet to tell their ghastly tales, it is in a textbook haunted house. Into their assembly comes an enigmatic woman who may have been a part of the quartet’s youth. So why hasn’t she aged a day? In his review, Roger Ebert noted that the storytelling aspect of Ghost Story succeeds because all effective ghost stories should be “ told largely in terms of fearful and nostalgic memory”.