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High Spirits (1988)


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Release Date: Nov 18, 1988 Wide



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The owner of an Irish castle decides to attract visitors by falsely claiming that the building is haunted, only to have a pair of real ancestral spirits start causing trouble in this uneven attempt at fantasy-comedy. The story centers on Jack and Sharon (played by Steve Guttenberg and Beverly D'Angelo), naive American tourists who are initially unimpressed by the owner's attempts at fraud but become more interested in the real ghosts, Mary and Martin (played by Daryl Hannah and Liam Neeson).


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Neil Jordan

Jun 4, 2002

Media Home Entertainment

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Flat and sitcom-y; Hannah's costume looks like a plastic trash bag

December 18, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

I saw this movie when I was lonely and it helped somewhat.

November 25, 2003
New Times

Ghastly ghost story.

July 6, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

What was Neil Jordan thinking?

December 13, 2002
New Times

Not Neil Jordan at his best

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

High Spirits most clearly resembles a disturbingly hollow combination of Ghostbusters, Police Academy, and every loud noise you've ever heard.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for High Spirits

So I'm betting this is a Neil Jordan film many haven't come across, a classically 80's production with a mix of your most well known 80's stars and some soon to be major stars. 80's golden boy Guttenberg is the lead here, alongside him are Beverly D'Angelo, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Martin Ferrero, not forgetting British legends Peter O'Toole and Liz Smith with 'Fawlty Towers' star Connie Booth and Hollywood megastar Liam Neeson, hows that for a cast line up.

The film is pretty spooktacular in a quirky 'Beetljuice' type fashion, crammed packed full of fun effects that admittedly now look pretty ropey but definitely part of the charm. Glorious location with the real Irish 'Dromore Castle' as the backdrop and a plot that focuses on Ireland's ghostly folklore in a family fun 'Addams Family' way. Some sequences are actually a little eerie though, the nuns with 'Jawa' like eyes, skeletal spectres flying around, various shots of the castle from afar and some nice interior corridor/room work makes you feel in the mood :)

Lots of hokey set/model work which still just about works, some really nice corpse makeup in places, a good kooky soundtrack befitting Ireland and the supernatural element plus the odd good chuckle. Think of this as a slightly more grown up version of 'The Haunted Mansion', a nice sweet film with Daryl Hannah looking her best.
April 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

A Childhood favourite, I hadn?t realised it was Neil Jordan film until quite recent!
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

The tale of Peter O'Toole turning his ramshackle Irish castle into a haunted tourist attraction is quite okay and funny.
December 10, 2006
Dean McKenna

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    1. Plunkett Senior: Well, our son is an idiot!
    2. Mrs. Plunkett: We've known that for years, haven't we darling?
    – Submitted by Pedro S (18 months ago)
    1. Plunkett Senior: No respectable ghost would live in California...
    – Submitted by Pedro S (18 months ago)
    1. Malcolm: Something smells very wrong here...
    2. Marge: Yes it does! It smells like burned rubber!
    3. Malcolm: No that's me!
    – Submitted by Pedro S (18 months ago)
    1. Jack: You're a ghost, I'm an American, it would never work out...
    – Submitted by Pedro S (18 months ago)
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