aka The Spiritualist
78 min., 1948
Written by Crane Wilbur/Muriel Roy Bolton/Ian McLellan Hunter
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
My rating: ★★
Not really a horror movie, but good nonetheless.
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The movie begins with Christine (Lynn Bari) hearing voices from the sea. Her husband Paul (Donald Curtis) was killed in an auto accident two years before and she has been dating for a little time now, but she still thinks about her late husband. As she is going to meet her new man she runs into another man named Alexis (Turhan Bey) who seems to know more about her than he should. After a little more talking she turns and then looks back, poof Alexis is gone. That night Christine sees a “ghost” of her wedding dress coming after her. Janet (Cathy O’Donnell), Christine’s sister, comes running and everything is normal. She ends up going to see Alexis about her dead husband and Janet goes to make sure Alexis is on the up and up. He does a great job of charming her and she falls for him. Is Alexis scamming them or is he for real?
The two real problems with the movie are for one; it’s not really a horror movie. It falls more under the mystery category than anything else. The second problem is the transfer. It’s just a terrible transfer and there was little time taken to make it look even remotely nice, which is really sad, as it’s actually a pretty good movie.
One of the really high marks for the movie is the creative camera angles that are used. Two shots that stick out are, first, there is a scene where Christine and Janet are standing over a sink, and the camera is in the sink looking up at them. It’s really just a cool shot. The second is very similar to the first, because it’s a shot that is under and through a glass table. It’s another cool shot that is just a plain trick.
The acting is actually really darn good. Everyone is on there best and do some great acting. Of course there is some overacting and some really bad lines of dialogue, so don’t look for anything phenomenal, but all of them fit their roles perfectly.
Now would I suggest this movie to horror movie fans? No, not really. But does that make it a bad movie? Not at all. It’s actually a good story with some good acting. If you are looking for a good mystery movie, then you might want to check this one out.Have You Read...?