High Spirits (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

United Kingdom/USA, 1988.  , .  Screenplay by Neil Jordan.  Cinematography by .Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This film could definitely use more of what it exclaims in the title, but it does have its moments. Youngsters will especially delight to the visual effects and haunted mansion setting, while adults might find it more than a bit dull.  Peter O’Toole plays the owner of a decrepit Irish castle who is about to lose his property thanks to a lack of finances. To spice up the attraction of the place, he spreads the rumour that the castle is haunted and open for business. He gets his staff to participate in making the place as eerie as possible, not aware that his castle actually is haunted and that the busload of American tourists who just arrived are about to get some nice surprises. Among the visitors are a couple (, ) who hold the castle’s mortgage. D’Angelo is intent on disproving the haunted theory in order to get the castle for herself, while Guttenberg ends up meeting a kindly spirit in the castle () and falling in love with her. The makeup and visual effects are terrific, though unfortunately the overall effect is too juvenile to be truly appreciable.

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