Ghost Story
Ghost Story (1981)

This 1981 John Irvin picture constitutes an adaptation of Peter Straub's colossal, bestselling novel. The central plot -- shared by both book and film -- revolves around the four elderly members of the Chowder Society (Fred Astaire,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director John Irvin wastes the efforts of a tremendously talented cast, making this one Ghost Story that deserves to be drowned out by boos.

Michael Blowen
Boston Globe

The transformation of "Ghost Story" from novel to film is this year's best example of why some writers hate to see their books made into movies.

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Diane Haithman
Detroit Free Press

A noble attempt. It just didn't happen to work very well.

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Nancy Scott
San Francisco Examiner

I advise you to skip it no matter how much you love those four grand actors. What a waste. Even the credits are a disaster.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Director John Irvin, so good at the intricacies of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" has come a cropper here.

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Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

Irvin's rhythm is as monotonous as Chopsticks, his approach to a scare scene so static that the film's most gory special effects have virtually no impact.

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Larry Vitacco
Philadelphia Gay News

Director John Irvin opts for cheap thrills instead of sustaining the suspense of the story.

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Sumner Rand
Orlando Sentinel

"Ghost Story" is just what its title says it is, a ghost story, and a humdinger of a ghost story at that.

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Rex Reed
New York Daily News

Ghost Story is a horror, all right, but it isn't even remotely scary.

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Diego Galán
El Pais (Spain)

The end result is confusing and lacks dramatic force. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Four old gentlemen, in a small club that celebrates ghost stories as well as strong drink, cannot believe it when they are visited by bad dreams and occurrences… More
Lanning : )
And speaking of Fred Astaire . . . It's almost painful to see some stars grow old on screen. I can well understand Jamie Lee Curtis' statement about… More
Alex roy
Ghost Story is an average horror yarn that had the potential of being something truly memorable. As it stands, there are some effective moments here and there,… More
Devon Bott
Sloppily directed, sloppily edited, with a bare-thread, can-be-seen-coming-from-miles-away storyline, it all adds up to the giant waste of time that is… More
jay nixon
Great to see old vets Astaire, Houseman, Fairbanks, Douglas and Neal headlining a major film its just too bad that film isn't better.
Cindy I
The book scared the hell out of me. The movie? Eh...not so much. It had its moments, but it really just didn't do it for me.