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Spirits of the Dead

R 1968 1h 57m Horror List
86% Tomatometer 21 Reviews 65% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
In one chapter of this three-in-one feature inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's tales, a countess (Jane Fonda), shunned by a horseman (Peter Fonda), kills the man and his animals yet pays dearly for her deadly act. Another focuses on a religious man (Alain Delon) who seeks absolution for a murder only to find that his violent impulses come rushing back. The third is about a boozing actor (Terence Stamp) who accepts a car as compensation for a role, but is ultimately defeated by addiction. Read More Read Less
Spirits of the Dead

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Critics Consensus

Three auteurs descend on the works of Poe, each putting on a ghoulish show -- adapting The Tomahawk Man's tales of dreams and fright, with Fellini's segment particularly out of sight.

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William Thomas Empire Magazine Intriguing and mostly successful. Rated: 4/5 Sep 25, 2007 Full Review Chris Petit Time Out Only Fellini (Toby Dammit) really manages to make much of his source. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times [Toby Dammit] is marvelous: a short movie but a major one. The Vadim is as overdecorated and shrill as a drag ball, but still quite fun, and the Malle, based on one of Poe's best stories, is simply tedious. May 9, 2005 Full Review Harvey G. Cox Tempo (National Council of Churches) All the directors are competent. Poe was a genius. The program looks promising. But it fails. Jan 7, 2021 Full Review Ronald Bergan Radio Times Out of the three episodes based on the macabre tales by Edgar Allan Poe, the third -- the only modern-day one, directed by Federico Fellini -- is far and away the best. Rated: 4/5 Oct 18, 2016 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Definitely worth a look for fans of the involved directors, though such fans probably already own it. Rated: B+ Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Shioka O Give stars for only Fellini. He used his cliche and successfully managed to use the English actor Terrence Stamp. I think this is an entertaining short though not as great as 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita, of course. The other two was boring almost slept. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/16/22 Full Review s r Nothing too compelling to see here, an interesting cast and Fellini to boot! Saw it on TCM. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member All of the stars are for the Fellini story, which was expertly made. The other two stories don't light a candle to his. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Lo mejor la secuencia de Fellini, las escenas de aeropuerto. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Let us get him out of the way - Roger Vadim was a pretentious horny goat who treated Jane Fonda as Bo Derek. You are better off with Jean Rollin - at least he has a heart. Louis Malle was a director of the humanist Truffautian variety. Not really comfortable showing Alain Delon lashing out atrocities. Around this time, as censorship all but collapsed, America reached for the bullets, while Europe went flog-happy. Good times, eh? A director such as Ken Russell would have made this a more poignant entry about class and privilege. This segment could be renamed "I`ll blink when I`m dead". Fellini`s effort has a great airport-as-the-entrance-to-hell start, and a terrific high-strung ending. In the middle you must endure the usual parade of uncanny characters, and a parodic movie awards ceremony. This is basically 8 1/2 cranked up to 11. Satyricon aside, Fellini never made a horror film. Pity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review ashley h Spirits of the Dead is a fantastic film. It is about a cruel princess who is haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man who is haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor who is haunted by the Devil. Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Louis Malle did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the mystery and fantasy. Spirits of the Dead is a must see. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In one chapter of this three-in-one feature inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's tales, a countess (Jane Fonda), shunned by a horseman (Peter Fonda), kills the man and his animals yet pays dearly for her deadly act. Another focuses on a religious man (Alain Delon) who seeks absolution for a murder only to find that his violent impulses come rushing back. The third is about a boozing actor (Terence Stamp) who accepts a car as compensation for a role, but is ultimately defeated by addiction.
Director
Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini
Production Co
Les Films Marceau
Rating
R
Genre
Horror
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 10, 2005
Runtime
1h 57m