The Haunting of Morella

Synopsis: A witch is put to death in Colonial America, leaving her husband and infant daughter behind. Seventeen years later, the daughter has grown up and stands to inherit money set up by her mother's family. Now that the stage is set, the mother wants to return to life by taking over her daughter's body.
Director(s): Jim Wynorski
Production: Concorde/New Horizons Home Video
 
IMDB:
3.9
R
Year:
1990
82 min
36 Views


You've practiced enough for one evening. Say goodnight

to your father and doctor Gault.

Good night, father. I hope you enjoyed my

playing, it was a piece I composed

especially for you!

It was beautiful!

Good night, my dear.

- Dr Gault.

- Sleep well, Lenora.

- By your leave.

- Miss Deveraux.

I must say, Miss Deveraux has

become an accomplished woman.

Yes, she's more than a governess

to Lenora.

Over the years I have grown

quite dependent upon her.

In some strange ways she

reminds me of...

Morella?

After all these years I still can not

bring myself to utter that name.

June 14.

While visiting Northampton I have encountered

the most extraordinary woman.

Her name is Morella Winthrop.

I know nothing of her

family or background.

Yet I feel an immediate rapport with her.

November 21.

My new bride Morella has recently become fascinated

with certain mystical writings-

-centering on life after death.

Indeed she has a developed a morbid preoccupation with death.

Possibly due to her own increasing ill health.

I can not look into her eyes without

the sensation of plummeting into some

dreary and unfathomable abyss.

September 24. Morella has

almost died during childbirth.

Our newborn daughter Lenora appears

healthy in all respects and has the same

dark eyes as her mother.

Dr Gault has confided to me that Morella

may only have a few months more to live.

While I was away on business Morella plunged

into her occult studies with a renewed passion.

Accompanied by some unknown disciple,

she deciphered a ritual she believed will

grant immortality.

The first step necessitated the slaughter

of a serving girl from our household.

Morella bled her in order to

bathe in virgin blood.

Thus was she prepared to invoke

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