Monday, October 3, 2016

The Stone Tape (1972)

Directed by Peter Sasdy
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A team of researchers is assembled in an old Victorian mansion to develop a new recording medium which they hope to market and make a fortune. Their computer programmer, Jane Asher, sees a ghost in the basement. The team decides to investigate with their electronic gadgets, but it does not register on any of them. The conclude the ghost is somehow preserved in the old stones of the house and may be the new recording medium they seek. Meanwhile, the project leader is under pressure to produce results. When he doesn't they send in a new team researching washing machines. Jane carries on with research on her own, leading to tragedy. Ludicrous plot, stilted acting by everyone but Jane and low made-for-tv budget doom what should have been a much better film from noted writer Nigel Kneale (Quatermass and others) and director Sasdy (veteran of several Hammer horror productions).

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