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7 Ratings

The Ice House

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Ice House

Directed by Derek Lister
United Kingdom, 1978
Short, Horror, TV Movie


The recently divorced Paul seeks refuge at a country retreat run by sinister siblings.

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The Ice House Directed by Derek Lister

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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Ice House

    A weakish coda to the run of the minor classic A Ghost Story for Christmas BBC strand with a potentially interesting riff on organic life controlling humans failing to take fire (John Wyndham might have made a better fist of it). Part of the problem is the over-lit staging and repetitious spa procedures respectively killing atmosphere and adding little but length to an already thin yarn.

  • Adam Whybray's rating of the film The Ice House

    2.5 stars. This would have the enigmatic richness of a Robert Aickman story were the villains not so transparently sinister and their methods so straight-forwardly allegorical. That is to say, the insinuating campness of David Beames and Elizabeth Romilly as Bob and Jessica was highly enjoyable, but prevented a potentially eerie story from ever really getting under one's skin. Magic-realist Pinter-lite curio.

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