High Spirits 1988

High Spirits

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Irish hotelier Peter Plunkett (Peter O'Toole) attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that wrongly portrays the property as haunted. Unfortunately, he fails to scare a single American tourist with his hokey and dreadfully unconvincing effects. When two actual ghosts, Mary (Daryl Hannah) and Martin (Liam Neeson), show up to add some authenticity, they end up falling for two guests, Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo) and Jack (Steve Guttenberg).

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Critic Reviews for High Spirits

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  • Oct 02, 2019
    Jordan is a talented filmmaker, but this is an utter mess of ideas and storytelling. The film begins with an interesting concept and only grows more ambitious as it moves along. I had seen this on VHS when released and remembered it fondly, sadly it hasn't developed into a cult film and the only real interest is in a true directors cut. The film is great to look at and an upscale onto Blu Ray is amazing. The high concept idea is undone by some inconsistent story beats and bizarre choices, that aren't at all funny. The cast deserved better. 02/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2015
    Plunkett Castle in Ireland seeks to renovate its image and its fortunes by selling (to thrill-seeking Americans) the possibility that it may be a real haunted castle. This fantasy though stretches credulity by assuming that if one'll believe in ghosts, then one'll believe in anything, and so one incredible premise arrives, one after another, until it became too much to believe, and then too much to take. Neil Jordan should've quit when he was ahead. The actors work hard to sell the silliness.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    Don't forget Liam Neeson!
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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