Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fred Astaire vs. The Borg Queen, or Thoughts on Ghost Story

 From the 1979 novel of the same name by Peter Straub, Ghost Story (1981) starred Hollywood Legend Fred Astaire in his darkest film, though he did also appear in the post apocalypse Cold War movie On the Beach (1959), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Amazing Dobermans (1976).  Fred Astaire plays Ricky Hawthorne, who along with his old friends John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is haunted by a ghostly figure in the snow with a mocking laugh, and memories of a shared crime.
Senior citizens are already vulnerable; it seems to be poor form to threaten them with ghosts so Craig Wasson, who would go on to star in Brian DePalma’s Body Double (1984) stars in a double role as twin brothers Don and David Wanderly, the sons Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s character Edward.  Don and David are also haunted by the same specter in the form of South African actor Alice Krige, who would go on to become the Borg Queen and star in Barfly (1987), Sleepwalkers (1992), Silent Hill (2006) and most recently as Elr in Thor: The Dark World (2013), an Asgardian physician.  Alice Krige plays Eva Galli in the present and Alma Mobley in the flashbacks.  Something dark happened to those four friends, which bound them in a 50-year-old secret, but this is a ghost story, and the dead won’t stay dead.
With Patricia Neal The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, I still haven’t watched the remake), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Hud (1963) as Stella, Ricky’s wife.  This was Melvyn Douglas’ final film, who sadly passed during filming.



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