|GIRL IN A SWING (director/writer: Gordon Hessler; screenwriter: from the novel by Richard Adams; cinematographer: Claus Loof ; editor: Robert Gordon ; music: Carl Davis; cast: Meg Tilly (Karin Foster), Rupert Frazier (Alan Desland), Nicholas LePrevost (Vicar), Elspet Gray (Mrs. Desland), Lorna Heilbron (Flick), Claire Shepherd (Angela), Jean Boht (Mrs. Taswell), Lynsey Baxter (Barbara), Sophie Thursfield (Deidre); Runtime: 119; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Just Betzer; HBO Video; 1988-USA/UK)|
|"There are many eerie scare scenes."
by Dennis Schwartz
It's based on the
1980 novel by Richard Adams. The German-born
filmmaker Gordon Hessler ("Pray
for Death"/"Rage of Honor"/"The Golden
Voyage of Sinbad") shoots the ghost film in
Denmark. After a slow build-up there are many eerie
scare scenes. What the film never does is clear things
up about all the supernatural.
bombed at the box-office.
title refers to a rare ceramic sculpture, that the
damaged goods heroine bids on at an auction.
wealthy uptight prissy English antique dealer Alan
on a business trip, falls for the mysterious German
secretary Karin Foster (Meg
Tilly), who acts as his translator. He
marries her in Florida, but is too repressed to
consumate the marriage. In London, where they reside,
bad things from his wife's past surface, such as a
whimpering child magically coming into view, her
regular panic attacks, her hallucinations, and, if you
can believe, a throw pillow turns into a
stuffed turtle. Hubby tries to find a way to
help her and thereby save their troubled marriage.
clues to what the hell is going on, the viewer has to
think of Hitchcock's much superior Rebecca (1940).
That film also starred a neurotic heroine battling
with dark secrets. The impenetrable plot is
unfortunately never resolved here. That leaves us
with a disappointing but watchable film. One that
should have been better.
REVIEWED ON 2/4/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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