Audrey Rose (1977)

USA,
112m 59s
35mm film, Panavision, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Robert Wise.

Plot Summary

Bill and Janice Templeton, a advertising executive and his wife, become increasingly alarmed by the behaviour of a mysterious, bearded Englishman who seems to be tailing their teenage daughter, Ivy. Finding no help from the , the Templetons agree to talk to the man, Elliott Hoover, who spins a bizarre yarn of . Eleven years previously, his daughter Audrey Rose, was burned to death in a car crash and, having spent the intervening years studying in India and consulting with clairvoyants, is now convinced that his daughter has been ‘reborn' in Ivy.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Robert Wise
© United Artists Corporation MCMLXXVII [1977]
United Artists. A Robert Wise production
Produced by: Joe Wizan and Frank de Felitta
Screenplay by: Frank De Felitta from his novel
Director of Photography: Victor J. Kemper
Film Editor: Carl Kress
Music Composed and Conducted by: Michael Small
Sound: Tom Overton, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, Michael J. Kohut
Costumes by: Dorothy Jeakins
Makeup: Frank Griffin
Hair Dresser: Jean Austin
Special Effects: Henry Millar Jr
Production Designed by: Harry Horner

Cast
Marsha Mason (Janice Templeton)
Anthony Hopkins (Elliot Hoover)
John Beck (Bill Templeton)
Susan Swift (Ivy Templeton)
Norman Lloyd (Dr Steven Lipscomb)
John Hillerman (Scott Velie)
Robert Walden (Brice Mack)
Philip Sterling (Richter Langley)
Ivy Jones (Mary Lou)
Stephen Perlman (Russ Rothman)
Aly Wassil (Maharisi Gupta Pradesh)
Mary Jackson (Veronica)
Richard Lawson (policeman #1)
Tony Brande (Detective Fallon)
Elizabeth Farley (Carole Rothman)
Ruth Manning (Kundin)
Stanley Brock (cashier in store)
David Wilson (policeman #2)
David Fresco (Dominic)
Pat Corley (Dr Webster)

Alternative Titles

Audrey Rose – Das Madchen aus dem Jenseits – Germany
Las dos vidas de Audrey Rose – Spain
Les Dues vides d'Audrey Rose – Spain (Catalan)
Henkimaailman kahleissa – Finland

See also
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1974)
The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

Press

Marjorie Bilbow 1Screen International no.120 (7 January 1978) p.16 was generally positive about the film. She was full of praise for the cast, which she felt was “spot on and the performances are stalwartly realistic” and singled out Susan Swift (“a very talented young actress without noticeable mannerisms'”) but noted that the “story is not all that eventful” and that the decision to play the situation as “a human problem, not as a horror thriller” led to “a degree of loss on the swings of excitement” but “a gain on the roundabout [of] audience identification.”

References

Periodicals

  • Halls of Horror vol.2 no.3 p.19 – note
  • Photoplay Special: Devil Movies (1977) pp.18-21 – illustrated review
  • Screen International no.120 (7 January 1978) p.16 – credits, review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • TV Times 23 December 1989-5 January 1990 p.52 – credits, synopsis

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) p.319 – illustrated credits, review
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke p.91
  • Elliot's Guide to films on Video by John Elliot p.41 – credits, review
  • Film Review 1978-79 by F. Maurice Speed p.139
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.30 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.17 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.446-450 – credits, synopsis, review
  • House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse p.289
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.16 – credits, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.24