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Haunted Summer (1988)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1989 (UK)
In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino, Ann Edwards (novel) (as Anne Edwards)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Philip Anglim ... Lord Byron
Laura Dern ... Claire Clairmont
Alice Krige ... Mary Godwin
Eric Stoltz ... Percy Shelley
Alex Winter ... John Polidori
Peter Berling ... Maurice
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Rushton (as Don Hodson)
Giusto Lo Pipero Giusto Lo Pipero ... Berger
Antoinette McLain Antoinette McLain ... Elise
Terry Richards ... Fletcher
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Based on the infamous Summer of 1816 when Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein", it chronicles the mind games and manipulations that were the halmarks of the intense and neurotic relationships that existed among Byron, Shelley, Mary, and her step-sister Claire Godwin. Written by CD

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Förtrollad sommar See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1816. See more »

Quotes

Dr. John William Polidori: I have written a play. I think it quite good.
Lord Byron: Do shut up, John.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Fantastic Time Travel!
4 August 2007 | by tom-2608See all my reviews

I have no idea what the other reviewer is talking about- this was a wonderful movie, and created a sense of the era that feels like time travel. The characters are truly young, Mary is a strong match for Byron, Claire is juvenile and a tad annoying, Polidori is a convincing beaten-down sycophant... all are beautiful, curious, and decadent... not the frightening wrecks they are in Gothic.

Gothic works as an independent piece of shock film, and I loved it for different reasons, but this works like a Merchant and Ivory film, and was from my readings the best capture of what the summer must have felt like. Romantic, yes, but completely rekindles my interest in the lives of Shelley and Byron every time I think about the film. One of my all-time favorites.


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