Ghost Story

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): John Irvin
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
39%
R
Year:
1981
110 min
80 Views

Operatic Contralto Aria

HE'S DEAD.

HE'S DEAD.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT !

NO PULSE.

THERE'S NO PULSE !

NO PULSE ! NO--

YOU--

HE'S GOT NO PULSE.

A LITTLE AFTER MIDNIGHT,

THE OLD CARETAKER WAS AWAKENED

BY A TERRIBLE SOUND;

WHIMPERING, PITIFULLY.

THE SOUND CAME AGAIN,

FAINTLY.

ONLY THIS TIME:

HE WAS SURE IT WAS HUMAN.

THE GRAVEYARD WAS SILENT...

EXCEPT FOR THE STEADY PADDING

OF HIS FEET...

AS HE WEN AROUND THE TOMBSTONES.

"HELLO ? IS SOMEONE THERE ?

SOMEONE ?"

BUT THERE WAS NOTHING.

NO ONE.

AS HE STOOD THERE,

SCRATCHING HIS HEAD,

FEELING SOMETHING

OF A DAMN FOOL,

HE HAPPENED TO LOOK DOWN.

AND THERE AT HIS FEET,

SOMEONE HAD BEEN BURIED...

THAT VERY AFTERNOON.

THE GRAVE HAD BEEN DISTURBED.

THE SOIL WAS UPSET,

AND THE CROSS LAY ON ITS SIDE.

"RESPECT," HE MUTTERED,

SURE NOW THAT HE WAS THE

BUTT OF A PRACTICAL JOKE.

SO HE SMOOTHED OUT THE SOIL...

AND SET THE CROSS BACK UPRIGH AT THE HEAD OF THE GRAVE,

AND THEN HE WENT BACK

TO HIS BED.

BUT OUTSIDE,

IN THE GRAVEYARD,

IN THE WIND,

THERE WAS STILL A FAINT WISP

OF SOUND,

ALMOST LIKE A SONG:

"ALIVE. STILL ALIVE !"

AAAH !

"ALIVE."

GOD.

MARVELOUS STORY.

MARVELOUS.

I THINK THA WAS THE WORST SHOCKER

WE'VE HAD IN YEARS.

DAMN NEAR SCARED THE PANTS

OFF ME, I'LL TELL YOU.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW

ABOUT YOU,

BUT I COULD DO:

WITH ANOTHER BRANDY.

HEAR, HEAR.

MAYBE A GOOD CIGAR.

I'VE GOT TO

GO TO BED.

NO BRANDY ?

I HAVEN'T BEEN

SLEEPING WELL LATELY.

BESIDES, IT'S LATE,

AND IT'S GETTING COLD.

AND MILLY'LL BE WAITIN' UP TO--

POUR SOME HOT CHOCOLATE

DOWN ME.

COME ON. I'LL

DRIVE YOU HOME, DOC.

YOU KNOW, TEN YEARS FROM NOW,

OF THIS COUNTRY...

WILL BE WEARING TIES

ONLY TO WEDDINGS...

AND--

AND TO FUNERALS:

TOO, PERHAPS.

I'D FEEL

AS IF I WAS NAKED.

WELL, IT'S TIME

WE ALL WENT HOME.

COME ON, DOC.

YOU LOOK TERRIBLE.

ARE YOU SLEEPING

ALL RIGHT ?

DAMN IT TO HELL.

ARE YOU ?

GENTLEMEN,

BEFORE YOU GO,

I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE

A TOAST...

TO US:

CHOWDER SOCIETY.

CHOWDER SOCIETY.

THE CHOWDER SOCIETY.

THE CHOWDER SOCIETY.

THE CHOWDER SOCIETY.

WHO ARE YOU ?

SLEEPING.

WHO ARE YOU ?

WOKE ME.

TELL ME !

DAVID.

- WHO ARE YOU ?

- YOU KNOW.

I KNOW ?

I AM YOU.

NO.

COLD.

WHAT ARE YOU ?

DONNIE ? COME HOME, DONNIE.

THERE'S BEEN A TERRIBLE ACCIDEN IN NEW YORK.

YOUR BROTHER IS...

DEAD, SON.

COME HOME RIGHT AWAY.

NOW ARRIVING AT GATE THREE

FROM NEW YORK,

HARTFORD AND SPRINGFIELD.

GATE THREE FROM NEW YORK,

HARTFORD AND SPRINGFIELD.

BE CAREFUL.

BUS FOR MONTREAL--

HELLO, DAD.

WELL-- IS THIS

ALL YOU HAVE ?

I'M FINE.

- L-LOOK AT YOU.

- I'M OKAY, DAD.

MONTPELIER,

YOUR GATE IS FOUR.

BREAK OUT THE SNOWMOBILES,

BOYS AND GIRLS.

TWO INCHES OF THAT LOVELY

WHITE STUFF ALREADY

ON THE GROUND...

AND A MASSIVE COLD FRON HEADING OUR WAY.

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

TALKIN' ABOUT I MIGHT HELP.

RIGHT.

HOW'S THE WRITING

COMING ?

I'VE HAD OTHER THINGS

ON MY MIND.

TEACHING ?

DIDN'T FINISH OU THE TERM.

OH, DON.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK

HAPPENED TO HIM, DAD ?

THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT.

OH, IS THAT WHAT YOU

TOLD EVERYBODY ?

WHAT, THAT HE FELL ?

THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID.

I DON'T GIVE A DAMN !

I KNOW SOMETHING HAPPENED

TO HIM IN NEW YORK.

YOU'RE SHOUTIN'.

JESUS CHRIST, DAD !

I'M TELLING YOU SOMETHING

HAPPENED TO HIM !

HE MAY HAVE BEEN MURDERED !

STOP IT !

I KNEW THE GIRL:

HE WAS GONNA MARRY.

I SLEPT WITH HER, DAD.

DO YOU HEAR ME ?

I SLEPT WITH HER.

YOU COME HERE LOOKING LIKE

GOD KNOWS WHAT,

YOUR BROTHER:

NOT EVEN IN HIS GRAVE YET--

DAD--

AND YOU START CARRYING ON

ABOUT HAVING SEX

WITH HIS FIANCEE.

- DAD !

- ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME

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Lawrence D. Cohen

Lawrence D. Cohen is an American screenwriter and producer, best known for his work on Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976), an adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Following this he scripted a simplified film adaptation of Peter Straub's novel Ghost Story in 1981. His output has been infrequent, but he has helped in adapting two other King novels to television, It in 1990 and The Tommyknockers in 1993. In 2006 he wrote a segment for the TV series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. In 1981, Cohen began to work on a musical adaptation of Carrie (novel), which premiered in 1988 on Broadway to negative reviews and closed after only 16 previews and 5 performances. In 2012, the musical was revived Off Broadway for a limited engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (with Cohen revising the book). The second production was better received than the original. more…

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