High Spirits (1988) - Comedy, Fantasy

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When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 8 out of 58 found boring (13.79%)

One-line Reviews (22)

I can't recommend it, but it is perhaps worth watching on cable or renting at least once for die-hard fans of horror comedies.

Guttenberg is Jack, a sorry guy who's married to a real dull lady (Beverly D'Angelo) that really can't stand to know him, especially when he drags her out to some stupid castle.

), is beautiful, snooty, imperious, funny, and riveting.

Light Entertaining Comedy .

Fairly Bland .

Ho-hum outing for O'Toole as he has done very little cinematically in the past 20 years (with the exception of the excellent "The Last Emperor").

Everyone in the movie is fantastic because, though some may start out to be quite annoying (such as the self-declared "professional parasychologist" or the cynical Sharon (D'Angelo)), they eventually come to be very entertaining as the movie goes along.

Save your money/time and watch The Ghost and Mr.Chicken.

Because when it comes to an entertaining movie, I find nothing to ask more than what this one has.

It's definitely a comedy worth watching.

This is entertaining from both theatrical and cinematic point of view.

The fact is, folks, this movie is very entertaining, a real joy, from the story, to the acting, to the sets, to the special effects, etc., etc. just a pleasure (albeit a guilty one) of movie entertainment.

There is also a sex scene that gets rather intense for a PG-13 rated movie so you may want to think twice about letting the kids see this one.

Very Funny and Entertaining Movie .

* Some of the ghost material and haunted house effects were enjoyable.

None of it works, it never comes together as one coherent piece & the fact that it's so unfunny, childish, predictable & rather boring doesn't help my love for it.

When the film finally reaches its end, there's no sense of closure, rather one feels that the filmmakers simply got bored and went home.

When characters turn out to be dull, one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, it generates contempt.

While this viewer is glad that some people do take great pleasure in "High Spirits", he found it a tedious mess often lacking in wit.

I saw this film as a child and I actually somewhat enjoyed it, mainly because my hormones were beginning to rage and I rather liked Daryl Hannah as a fragile, medieval maiden.

Other than that it's very disjointed, edited badly, and really makes little sense.

I hate it when people make such drastic decisions on movies, just because they do not understand them, those kind of people are either narrow minded or very slow on the up take.