“Ghost Story” dabbles on the earth of nightmares, because the group elders of Milburn, Vermont discover themselves stalked by devastating imagery. Lawyer Sears James (John Houseman), retired doctor Dr. John Jaffrey (Melvyn Douglas), businessman Ricky Hawthorne (Fred Astaire), and mayor of Milburn Edward Charles Wanderley (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) are all troubled by these incessant nightmares, because the lifelong pals are compelled to reckon with the sins of their previous. As a way to distract themselves from the real-life horror plaguing their each transfer, the 4 males, generally known as “The Chowder Society,” inform ghost tales round a hearth, hoping to maintain the ghosts of their youth at bay. It is a cute try, however any good horror fan is aware of that these males cannot stave off their reckoning for for much longer.
Straub’s novel is a staggering 483 pages, which Common required be remodeled into a movie with a lower than two-hour runtime. Someway, screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen (“Carrie”) was in a position to pull it off, as did director John Irvin (“Uncooked Deal,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). In line with an interview Cohen supplied on the Scream Manufacturing unit launch of “Ghost Story,” this, sadly, meant that a number of Straub’s sensible story was sacrificed for the required runtime. Cohen nonetheless believes “Ghost Story” would have been higher suited as a miniseries.
The truth that “Ghost Story” continues to be an unsettling, highly effective addition to the haunting subgenre regardless of a lot of Straub’s work unnoticed of the ultimate script is a testomony to his expertise.