65 minutes | Oct 22nd 2020

123 - The Haunting of Julia (with Sam Zimmerman)

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As horror fans, the arrival of Shudder in 2015 came as a blessing to us all. It's made for us, the fans, by fans of the genre and we love it here. (We haven't been paid to say that either)

With that in mind, onto EPISODE 123 then...

This week, we are absolutely delighted to be joined by the Director of Programming at SHUDDER...

It's SAM ZIMMERMAN!

The film? THE HAUNTING OF JULIA! 

Based on the novel Julia by Peter Straub and also known as FULL CIRCLE, The Haunting of Julia, while by no means a bad film is certainly one that is under-seen and in need of a little love and new eyes upon it. 

Directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Rosemary's Baby's Mia Farrow, 2001: A Space Odyssey's Keir Dullea and national treasure Tom Conti, this is an effective and surprisingly dark little chiller. It's not the easiest film to find, certainly in the UK, but there are various versions flying around on YouTube. 

The synopsis is as follows: 

Magnus (Keir Dullea) and Julia Lofting (Mia Farrow) have a happy marriage until one morning when their daughter Kate (Sophie Ward) begins choking. Unsure what to do, Julia attempts a tracheotomy, inadvertently causing Kate's death. Julia heads to a sanitarium to recover, and when Magnus asks that she come home, she prefers to buy a new house in London and live alone there. Magnus frets over Julia's sanity, while Julia becomes convinced that her house is haunted by the spirit of a little girl.  

Please note that this podcast may contain strong language and even stronger Scottish accents. 

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