Séance on a Wet Afternoon

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Kim Stanley plays a crooked medium who has become slightly unhinged since the death of her son. Craving money and publicity, she concocts a scheme with her weak-willed husband (Richard Attenborough). The pair will kidnap a wealthy young girl, collect the ransom, then use her "powers" to help the parents locate the child. The scheme falls apart, but not in the way that anyone might expect. Adapted by director Bryan Forbes from a novel by Mark McShane, Seance on a Wet Afternoon is a compelling psychological melodrama made doubly powerful by Stanley's mesmerizing performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Séance on a Wet Afternoon

All Critics (13)

  • If one says that the best things about Séance on a Wet Afternoon are the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes' script, this is not to decry Forbes' direction. In fact he does an excellent job.

    Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Creepy but engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story.

    Oct 27, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Highly effective psychological thriller, with a stunning star turn from Kim Stanley.

    Jul 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Kim Stanley received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing a disturbed medium who conspires a kidnap in Bryan Forbes' erie and suspensuful tale.

    Apr 29, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Riveting thriller about a kidnapping that goes wrong

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • The undertakings are as spooky as the title; Kim Hunter shines; and the theme song haunts your mind.

    Mar 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Séance on a Wet Afternoon


A powerhouse, a haunted house, of a psychological thriller as a curious London couple plan and execute the kidnapping of a wealthy family's daughter. Stanley and Attenborough deliver pitch perfect performances as the couple with an ugly past.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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This movie has both an interesting story and interesting characters. If you like psychological thrillers, you'll like this movie. I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

decent mid-60's suspense thriller starring richard attenborough, who kidnaps a child to please his delusional wife, played by kim stanley. primarily a stage actress, stanley made only a handful of films and this is worth seeing for the fine performances.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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An eerie little drama about a medium and her hen-pecked husband who carry out a kidnapping to prove the former's powers of clairvoyance. It goes without saying that the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough could not be bettered, but the film really needed a Polanski or a Claude Chabrol to realise its full creepy potential. It is, however, easily the best Bryan Forbes movie I've seen, with a couple of fine suspense sequences.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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