The Ghost (1963)

Directed by: Robert Hampton

Written by: Oreste Biancoli, Robert Davidson & Robert Hampton


Barbara Steele .... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin .... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta .... Dr. John Hichcock
Harriet White .... Catherine Wood
Carlo Kechler .... Police Superindendent
Raoul H. Newman .... Canon Owens
Reginald Price Anderson .... Albert Fisher

Release Dates: Theatrical: March 30, 1963 (Italy); 1964 (France, UK,); June 29, 1964 (Sweden); 1965 (USA)



A troubled woman named Margaret (Barbara Steele) is tired of taking care of her crippled and sick elderly bitter husband Dr. John Hichcock (Elio Jotta) and so she has an affair with another doctor named Charles Livingstone (Peter Baldwin).
Eventually she gets him to poison her husband to death so the two of them can get their hands on his sprawling estate and hefty inheritance.
Charles injects John with poison than his regular medicine and John passes away.
However, his soul still seems to be living in the mansion as the two of them are haunted by him.
They hear sounds and see hallucinations. Plus they see his wheelchair rolling by as well as seeing other people talking using his voice.
They can't seem to find John's treasures in his safe either.
This drives Margaret to lose her sanity and is in for the shock of her life in the end.


We spot some moments that involves the title character Dr. John Hitchcock with his bitter attitude towards people like his servant Catherine Wood as this somewhat grabs your attention while this is going on but nothing too spectacular going on at the same time.
Also have some moments that involves both him and his wife Margaret with their discussions that seemed to be well focued on what was going on as well as a near shocking moment on him pointing his gun towards her and then tries to point it to his head and her stopping him as well as other situations with her shaving him and a nice close up shot on her pointing the razor blade near his throat as you wonder if she will slit his throat especially on what he says to her.
We then spot a situation with Margaret and her private affair with
Dr. Charles Livingstone which seems to be well written in but while we watch them and their discussions there needed to show certain improvements and more inspiration with the goin on's here.

There's also a close up shot on John being poisoned in which this was supposed to look a bit intense but it seemed pretty annoying to watch and a bit amateurishly done.
There's however decent moments with the surroundings at the funeral as the main character's on Charles and Margaret seem to stand out quite well when we watch on what they do there by pretending to grieve.
A scene that was supposed to grab your attention and see spooky is a shadow of a wheelchair rolling by and then we spot it rolling down the chair and trying to give it a haunting type of feel but this looked a little too cheesy to creep you out by any standards.
We do spot a strong moment when both Margaret and Charles open up John's coffin to look for an object which looked chilling while they do this with some odd tense moments on what is going on between the two of them.
We spot some intense discussions between the two of them but however there's the odd phyisical violence going on that doesn't make the moments at all convincing while we continue to watch this however other moments on these two going crazy did seem strong enough to watch all of this.
Also some nice scenery at night with Margaret in a room where we spot a wavy cadlelights rocking back and fourth as well as the wind blowing and the sound of thunder giving it that perfect touch for an old fashioned film of it's time like this one.
A nice moment with a possession on Catherine talking to Margaret with a red light on her face as it shows an interesting touch with what is going on here and having a nice ghostly feel to the story.
Cheesy moments when Margaret slashes away with a razor and attacking Charles in which this was supposed to look horrifying but this looked terribly out of shape while we watch all of this happening.
There's a neat shot on Margaret in bed and she spot a somewhat ghostly presence on John talking to her as this looked fairly well done like he came back from the dead. It shows off a midly spooky presence as well as good close up shots on his face while speaking to her as it looked good and dark.
When the mystery unravels it's a bit disappointing to watch all of this happen in which we spot the discussions between John and Margaret but yet there's some psychological twists to everything that goes on here and the insane moments too.
Bottom line is that I always tried to take an interest in Italian horror films as they have a unique and interesting feel to them compared to other horror flicks but this one was a real bore. At first it seems like the story will pick up but it's a disappointmkent nonetheless and almost seems more of a mystery than a horror when we spot on what happens in the end. Plus the editing and dubbing is terribly out of shape.
Pretty much a forgettable one here folks.

The movie is overdubbed by US voice over actors since the language was spoken in Italian but will try to see what I can do to review the acting here.... Babara Steele (Margaret Hitchcock) seems to pull off well with her intensity in the film and her character in which she seemed to show a good emotional behavior by what she did as well as showing perfect paranoid wide eyed expressions by all that she did here. She also drive her crazed intensity to a perfect hype by doing all of this as well as having a crazy attitude or cackly laughter. Also showed some fair energy when attacking someone with a razor losing control as well.
Peter Baldwin (Dr. Charles Livingstone) had the average looks and appeal for his role but yet shows it off as the one as a weasly type for the one having an affair with and being a convincing scumbag. He does okay when acting anxious by what he does here. However when he strikes someone he's a bit off and not as forceful as he's supposed to have been.
Elio Jotta
(Dr. John Hichcock) does well with his performance as the bitter crippled man. Shows off a good seriousness and blutness. However when he reacts to being poisoned is a bit over the top as you can tell even without the overdubs of a US voice actor. Yet does well with his ghostly presence as he looked fairly spooky by what he does. Also in the end does a great job by reacting wickedly and clod blooded too. He was fairly okay in his role but needed some improvents in certain spots.
Harriet White (Catherine Wood) had a rea effective supporting role as the housekeeper trying to have a good patient attitude when someone is nasty to her as well as having some convincingly expressionless looks and appeal to her character. She definetely worked hard on her role in the film and comes off well onto the cmaera as someone whom is perfectly mysterious as well as showing her true identity later on which she is convincing by being this way as well. Reacts well too while being shot.

A body is decayed and there is blood but nothing too graphic.

The music was better than the story which was composed by Francesco De Masi, Franco Wallace and Roman Vlad. We hear the nice old fashioned suspenseful music that fits into a horror flick such as this one with intense clarniet playing as well as xylophone composing. Plus we hear the odd hyped violin playing along with certain drum rollings too that sounds quite powerful. Plus we hear the odd scraping sounds esp0ecially for a moment when a razor blade is sliced through someone's face which sounded extremely effective too.