The Headless Ghost
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Richard Lyons, Liliane Sottane, David Rose, Clive Revill
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Running Time: 59 minutes
Release Date: 28 October 2013
While on holiday in Britain, exchange students Ronnie, Bill and Ingrid take a bus tour to visit Ambrose Castle – the 14th Century home of the impoverished 12th Earl of Ambrose. The castle is said to haunted by the Fourth Earl and Malcolm, the Headless Ghost – he lost his head during a rebellion. American’s Ronnie and Bill do not believe in ghosts and decide to hide out in the castle with Ingrid to prove or disprove that the castle is haunted. This will enable Ronnie to write a story for his college paper.
Once the castle is locked up for the night they start their investigations a spirit steps out from a painting and introduces them to all the other spirits who inhabit the other paintings on the walls. The spirit then persuades the 3 tourists to help banish Malcolm so all the other ghosts can get some peace – to do this they must find a hidden pouch containing a potion, recite an incarnation while throwing the pouch at Malcolm’s painting.
Overall, The Headless Ghost is a film made in Britain by B-movie maestro Herman Cohen and that’s exactly what it is! Advertised as a teen-horror it is definitely not! Having said that this black and white film made in the 1950’s was actually quite enjoyable with 3 nosey thrill seekers hunting a headless ghost.
While not a great film it certainly was not boring and the 1 hour running time is probably the right length of time. Worth a watch but don’t really expect to scared (the characters in the film certainly weren’t).
Available to buy on DVD from 28 October 2013 from Network On Air here.