Suppose a stranger told you that your daughter was actually his daughter in another life. Suppose you began to believe him. Suppose it was really true! Sir Anthony Hopkins (Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* for The Silence of the ... more »Lambs) stars with Marsha Mason (Nick of Time) and John Beck (Nightmare Honeymoon) in an unforgettably powerful and hair-raising occult thriller thatwill make your blood run cold! All Bill and Janet Templeton (Beck, Mason) wish for is a quiet, peaceful life with their 11-year-old daughter Ivy. But their dreams turn to nightmares as Ivy is besieged first by ghoulish "memories" of events that never occurred...and then by a mysterious stranger (Hopkins) who stalks her every move. And just when they think things couldn't possibly get worse, the Templetons come face to face with a horror beyond anything they could ever have imagined: a force from beyond the grave that threatens to destroy the only thing they've ever loved. *1991: Actor: The Silence of the Lambs« less
Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA Reviewed on 10/7/2009...
Interesting movie. Definitely not your typical horror--or thriller, even. Early Anthony Hopkins is fun to watch.
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Ryan | Greenport, New York United States | 11/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Audrey Rose. Who or what is Audrey Rose? Is it a demon? Is it a ghost? No. Audrey Rose a little girl. A little girl who died a tragic death and maybe living in another body of another girl...... Meet the Templetons. Janice and Bill. They live in a high-class New York apartment building with their 11-year-old daughter, Ivy. Suddenly, Ivy's personality has changed. She's not acting 11. But acting like a 5 year old. And she's been having a sleepwalking problem too. She'll get up (though, obviously sleeping) and run around her room screaming "Mommydaddymommydaddyhot!hot!hot!" and has even scorched her hands on some invisible hot fire. Enter Elliot Hoover. A middle aged mysterious man who follows Janice and Ivy home from school every day. But he stays far behind them. Every day, Janice worries that the mysterious man is going to attack her. One day, Elliot finally gets the chance to tell Janice and Bill something that has been bothering him. He believes that their daughter Ivy is a reincarnation of his dead child, Audrey Rose. You see, she was in the car that his wife was driving when it skidded off the road and into a ditch below where it caught on fire.He tells them that he moved into town around around the same time that Ivy has had her night fits. Suddenly, from the upstairs of their apartment, Ivy has another fit, screaming "Mommydaddymommydaddyhot!hot!hot!" The Templeton's are horrified to discover that the only way to calm her down is for Hoover to say "Audrey! Audrey Rose! It's daddy! It's daddy!" until she falls asleep peacefully. The Templeton's tell Hoover not to return to their apartment and to leave them alone. After countless attemps to contact the Templeton's, Elliot kidnaps Ivy and is arrested. During a court battle, Ivy is taken away from her regular school and is brought to a Catholic Elementary where there will be no reports covering the possible "reincarnated girl". During that time, Ivy is upset because all the girls tease her after sneeking in a newspaper with Ivy on the front. During a special holiday event at the school, the children build a gigantic snowman and dance around it singing "Old man winter go away! Don't come back till Christmas day" Ivy is forced by Audrey Rose to walk into the fire and kill herself, but is stopped by a nun. Meanwhile, the trial is still going on and a witness who was in the car accident (the trial is now about reincarnation and if Elliot was right) said the last words she heard Audrey Rose say was "Mommydaddymommydaddyhot!hot!hot!". Ivy is taken out of the school and Janice believes that Ivy is really Audrey Rose from the second she was born. Bill doesn't. Elliot is found "Innocent" and Janice agrees to Elliot's decision to put her under hypnosis to see what she can remember. It is done live on tv. Suddenly, Janice is startled when they go back in Ivy's memory to discover Audrey Rose yelling "Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!Hot!" constantly. They try to take her off the hypnosis quickly, because if she doesn't snap out of it soon: she'll die. RECCOMENDED TO FANS OF:
The Exorcist (1973)
The Omen (1976)
Rosemary's Baby (1968) CAST Marsha Mason......Janice Templeton
John Beck.............Bill Templeton
Anthony Hopkins..Elliot Hoover
Susan Swift..........Ivy Templeton THE MOVIE 3/4 THE PICTURE QUALITY: 6/10: Some sparkles. It's presented in a matted 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. THE AUDIO QUALITY: 6/10: Mono soundtrack. There is Spanish and French language tracks, both mono as well. Dolby Digital. THE SPECIAL FEATURE: A teaser trailer. Too bad it wasn't a full trailer however, it uses only a few seconds of scenes from the movie. Runs about 19 seconds long. SUBTITLES: French and Spanish."
Quite a good little horror film
Kali | United Kingdom | 06/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of Anthony Hopkins first major films where he plays the grief stricken father of a child who was tragically killed in a car accident, burnt to death before she could be rescued. This is a slow moving film that follows Hopkins as he tries to convince Marsha Mason that her daughter Ivy is in fact the reincarnation of his child Audrey Rose. Despite some terrible reviews from critics, this is a chilling little film that tries to look at the concept of reincarnation intelligently whilst at same time maintaining its momentum as a horror story. There are some great moments such as the window episode when Ivy/Audrey Rose relives her attempt to get out of the burning car. I kept hearing "HOT HOT HOT" for days after watching the film, so all credit to then newcomer Susan Swift who played the reincarnated child Audrey Rose/Ivy. Hopkins and Mason are convincing as the respective parents of Audrey Rose/Ivy and though the film isn't a masterpiece of direction and cinematography it is still is a very good film. The final scene where Ivy/Audrey Rose is regressed back to her "first" death is both poignant and heart wrenching. Not bad for a film made in 1977 and certainly better than many of its critics have made out."
Well done, but picture and sound quality left a lot to be de
R. Kyle | USA | 04/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Templeton family has a shadow. Seems like every time Bill (John Beck) or Janice (Marsha Mason) turn around, they see a bearded man following them. Finally Elliott Hoover (Hopkins) arranges a meeting with them.
It seems he believes their daughter, Ivy (Susan Swift) is the reincarnation of his own child, Audrey Rose. Soon enough, Ivy's psychic symptoms bear this out. She's having dreams of events that never happened--and burns are appearing on her hands.
You see, Audrey Rose Hoover was trapped in a wrecked car that caught fire and couldn't free herself.
The good points of this film is the acting by Hopkins and Swift. Anthony Hopkins is a somber, sad man who is desperately trying to help his own child's soul. Swift does an amazing portrayal of a young girl haunted by a past she cannot remember. I would not call the sound and video of this DVD a 'loving rendition'. Both are mediocre to say the least.
If you enjoy 60's and 70's horror like, "The Exorcist," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Bad Seed", "The Omen," "Reincarnation of Peter Proud," you are going to enjoy this film. I hope at some point, the producers at United Artists will do a better job of digitizing the video and audio for DVD.
Might make a believer out of one yet !
Emiliano Moreno | Los Angeles, CA | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best films of the late 1970's. A spine-tingling tale about an eleven-year-old girl who has nightmares about a former existence when she died in a car fire .Susan Swift gives a touching performance as Ivy Templeton. Sir Anthony Hopkins , Marsha Mason and John Beck also star in this bittersweet and horrifying film based on Frank De Felita's best-selling novel.Watch this one with the lights out.If you're skeptical about reincarnation it might just make a believer out of you yet.
If you like this one I also recommend "The Changeling" (1979) staring George C. Scott and Trish Van Deer ."
mm | Livonia, MI USA | 11/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Saw this movie years ago and it was the first time seeing Anthony Hopkins and I felt his acting made the movie; it was riveting and I decided, after all the other movies he has done, that I wanted to own one of the earlier pieces of work that he did. Consequently, I chose to purchase the DVD, so that I could watch it when I wanted as it hasn't been on television to the best of my knowledge. So worth seeing and Hopkins was as good then as he is today."