The movie Ghost Story (1981) is a supernatural horror film directed by John Irvin. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Straub, the story follows four elderly friends in a small New England town who gather regularly to share ghost stories. However, their harmless pastime takes a dark turn when they become haunted by a terrifying secret from their past.
The movie begins with the introduction of the Chowder Society, comprised of Ricky Hawthorne, Sears James, Edward Wanderley, and John Jaffrey. As they gather to share their chilling tales, they are haunted by the memory of a woman named Eva Galli, who died under mysterious circumstances many years ago.
The movie Ghost Story (1981) delves into the past of the Chowder Society, revealing their involvement in a tragic event that occurred decades ago. As the supernatural occurrences escalate, the friends must confront their guilt and face the vengeful spirit of Eva Galli, who seeks revenge for the wrongs committed against her.
The movie explores themes of guilt, redemption, and the consequences of past actions, while also providing a unique take on the anthology format.
- Fred Astaire as Ricky Hawthorne
- Melvyn Douglas as Dr. John Jaffrey
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Edward Wanderley
- John Houseman as Sears James
- Craig Wasson as Don Wanderley
- Ghost Story (1981) marked the final film appearances of Fred Astaire and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
- The film faced challenges during production, including the death of actress Alice Krige’s stunt double during a water scene.
- Ghost Story (1981) received mixed reviews upon its release but has gained a cult following over the years.
-  “Ghost Story (1981) – Turner Classic Movies”
-  “Ghost Story. 1981. Directed by John Irvin – MoMA”