John Irvin's GHOST STORY & Ken Russell's GOTHIC
John Irvin's GHOST STORY (R, 1981, 111 min)
The time has come to tell the tale. The four elderly members of the Chowder Society (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman), gather in each other's drawing rooms each winter to sip cognac and spin elaborate ghost stories. The four men also share a dark secret far more unsettling than fiction---a secret which has literally come back to haunt them, as well as their own adult offspring. Each man is visited by a hideous ghost of a young woman (Alice Krige) they murdered 50 years ago.
Ken Russell's GOTHIC (R, 1986, 87 min)
Gothic tells the story of the night that Mary Shelley (Natasha Richardson) gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron's (Gabrial Byrne) country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley (Julian Sands) as Byron leads them all down the dark paths of their souls.
Friday, May 31