Audrey Rose

1977

Audrey Rose (1977)

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Audrey Rose is a "thinking man's" horror film, which in a way is unfortunate, since it tended to be ignored amidst the many spell-it-all-out scarefests of the late '70s. Marsha Mason and John Beck play Janice and Bill Templeton, a happily married couple, the parents of well-adjusted preteen Ivy (Susan Swift). Their family security is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Elliot Hoover (Anthony Hopkins). At first mistaken for a potential child molester, Hoover explains that his obsessive interest in young Ivy is actually paternal. It is Hoover's contention that their daughter is the reincarnation of his own child, who died in a horrible accident. This information is dismissed out of hand-and then strange things begin happening. Directed by Robert Wise (who had previously helmed the psychological thriller The Haunting), Audrey Rose was adapted by co-producer Frank de Felitta from his own novel.

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Cast

Marsha Mason
as Janice Templeton
Anthony Hopkins
as Elliot Hoover
John Beck
as Bill Templeton
Susan Swift
as Ivy Templeton
Norman Lloyd
as Dr. Lipscomb
John Hillerman
as Scott Velie
Robert Walden
as Brice Mack
Philip Sterling
as Judge Langley
Ivy Jones
as Mary Lou Sides
Ivy Mones
as Mary Lou Sides
Stephen Pearlman
as Russ Rothman
Aly Wassil
as Maharishi Gupta Pradesh
Mary Jackson
as Mother Veronica
Richard Lawson
as Policeman
David Wilson
as Policeman
Tony Brande
as Detective Fallon
Elizabeth Farley
as Carole Rothman
Ruth Manning
as Customer in Store
Stanley Brock
as Cashier in Store
David Fresco
as Dominick
Pat Corley
as Dr. Webster
Eunice Christopher
as Mrs. Carbone
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Critic Reviews for Audrey Rose

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Wise's film is overlong, sometimes over-emphatic, and it has a staggeringly misjudged ending. But it's also notable for centering on the emotional plight of the paranormal malarkey.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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To his credit, Wise took a subtle approach to the material, but Audrey Rose remains a rather uninteresting tale of the supernatural.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A dull 1977 would-be chiller.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The cast (including Marsha Mason and John Beck as the girl's understandably concerned parents) is capable, but in the end it's let down by the drawn-out plot and the unlikely ending.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An old-fashioned thriller.

Oct 13, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A possession thriller...that replaces Christian claptrap for Hindi hokum.

Jul 29, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Audrey Rose

½

Slightly more realistic version of Exorcist sans the scares. It's very understandable that this was ignored by horror fans.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

If you took The Exorcist's aesthetic, but inserted terrible performances, and swapped out thorough religious themes for half baked ideas about reincarnation.... you could probably still make a better movie than Audrey Rose. Robert Wise was no stranger to vacuous, overly sentimental storytelling (see: The Sound of Music) but he really outdid himself here. That's not to say he didn't have talent (after all, he made The Day The Earth Stood Still, which, for my money is one of the best sci-fi films ever made) but his direction in this film is choppy and even downright questionable in some scenes. Not even a younger, spry Anthony Hopkins can save this cheap imitation from itself.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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½

Interesting semi-horror film which see's a grieving father stalking an 11 year-old girl who he believes to be the reincarnation of his dead daughter. Has a few similarities with 'The Exorcist' but with a Hinduism theme rather than christian. Well acted and quite thought-provoking. Worth a watch.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

There is an lot of high quality talent both in front of and behind the camera for what is essentially an Exorcist wannabe. Not dreadful but very ordinary.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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