The sob came again faintly, only this time he was sure it was human. Someone buried that afternoon, and who possibly still alive expects at least one member of the Chowder Society whose distinguished repetoire begat Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman & Craig Wasson, who plays two different parts. Based in part on the 1979 novel by Peter Straub, if the brother looks like the fiance’ who she really once loved the father of, the riddle of the clue should lead you to her. “I found his hiding place deep within the torture chambers where he was confined during the second world war…we have fallen into the room of many mirrors – – the torture chamber.” Said the cue card for the first of the haunted genre of silent film actors & actresses. “I want to buy my way in. The story is the price of admission, is it not? I think this is a ghost story.” Years earlier, before the season of winter came upon the men, a beautiful, young brunette English woman who of great wealth and came from afar purchased a huge mansion, and the preppies of small town early 1900’s met her as all of them her admirers. The instructor falls in love now at his present day of the 1970’s something, and another beautiful young secretary, ensue of his seduction for which he teaches through literary value to his young college students, the New England D. H. Lawrence of whom doth he teach. “Don’t you want to show me off to your home town?” Asks the fiance’ only months later. “I want to meet your family,” she insists. ~ “What’s your brother like?” All of the small town of Milbourne, the whole town must preside at her wedding, of a march down the aisle, of a misty vale church. At the same time, his future wife promises to take him to places where he has never been, someone else phones the brother. The other brother. “Donnie, she is not the person you think she is. Look at her. She is not real. You know when you touch her, she is cold.” His brother fights with him over the evil girlfriend. “I don’t think we’re talking about the same woman.” The last time he saw Alma, she was wearing a necklace from the possible flapper days, crystalized and blue, the story of her life. And then like transparent white on ice, the man remarks about her that it cannot be. “No pulse at all.” It is just as he told them, and she is dead. One by one, and a woman turns around, the parlour. A black cape. “She moved. But she could not have been alive, could she, you stubborn old mule,” said John Jeffrie. “Oh, I almost forgot. There’s a patient in the waiting room,” the wife of the doctor who once a young preppie who danced across the parlor of a lovely young woman from England. “I don’t see patients,” he tells his wife. “Yes, but I told her.” His wife tells Millie she is so sorry, as her doctor husband does not see patients. Director John Irvin shot most of the film in Woodstock, Vermont, Saratoga Springs, New York and at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Demons & nightmares & bridges & snow & poor, young & beautiful Eva Galli, oh boy. She was his bride who never lived to see her lovely wedding day, & it was not her fault. Sometimes ghosts haunt a town until all of the murder suspects are found & discovered.
“Assassin, hide yourself in the deepest shadow. But I shall find you out,” claimed an early silent picture actor. But he came across a woman and her spinning wheel, and her fairie tale was love.