High Spirits

By Corrine Kenner at the Haunted Antique Shop.

Our Teeny Tiny Ghosts seem to fly out of the shop in waves, and we’d almost completely sold out of them on Saturday. (We had one left. One! He looked so lonely!) We’re closed on Mondays, which means today is technically my day off, so I fired up the Roku for an afternoon of ghost movies … and ghost-making.

I stitched up two dozen little ghosts while watching “High Spirits,” a comedy from 1988. The movie didn’t have the best reviews, but you know what? It was kind of cute.

I loved the setting: an Irish castle! I liked the story. Who doesn’t love it when ghosts turn out to be real? I liked the cast, especially Beverly D’Angelo, Daryl Hannah, and a surprisingly young Liam Neeson. I didn’t think the special effects were clumsy, but my standards aren’t that high. Overall, I’d recommend it for anyone who likes cheesy throwback movies.

Here’s the Amazon description:

Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of ArabiaMy Favorite Year) gives an exuberant performance in High Spirits. Peter Plunkett (O’Toole) hopes to save his mortgaged castle by turning it into a tourist attraction–the most haunted castle in Ireland. When American tourists arrive–among them Jack (Steve Guttenberg) and Sharon (Beverly D’Angelo), a couple whose marriage is rapidly disintegrating–Plunkett’s tomfoolery arouses the real ghosts, who decide to give these interlopers everything they’re asking for. But when Jack accidentally helps a beautiful ghost named Mary (Daryl Hannah), she decides he’s the man to help her break the curse she’s been suffering for 200 years. High Spirits is an odd foray into comedy by director Neil Jordan (The Crying GameInterview with the Vampire). The special effects are clumsy, but the strong supporting cast includes Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, and Liam Neeson as Mary’s murderous 200-year-old husband. –Bret Fetzer

What ghost movies would you recommend for my next sewing session?

About the Author

Corrine Kenner is an author, astrologer, certified tarot master, and owner of the Haunted Antique Shop and Paranormal Museum. Click here to schedule a reading with Corrine.