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Friday, 8 April 2016

G - Grace Stewart - Fictional Phantoms #AtoZChallenge 2016


Good morning and welcome to Fictional Phantoms on day 7 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter G. Today I only have one ghost for you, but she definitely leads to more.

Grace Stewart (The Others)

Grace Stewart lives an isolated life in a big house on Jersey as she waits for her husband to return from the war.

Her two children, Anne and Nicholas have a rare condition which means light causes terrible sores on their skin and could even kill them. Hence they cannot go outside and every room they are in can only be lit by candles. Every door is locked to make sure they cannot be accidentally exposed to light.

Grace is a very strict Roman Catholic and does not believe her children when they tell her the house it haunted by a boy called Victor.

With the help of a gardener, a maid and a cook they live their lonely lives, never leaving the house and haunted by Victor and an old woman.

As it turns out, however, it is Grace, her children and her staff that are the ghosts.

Alone and grief stricken Grace went mad and smothered her children, killing herself when she realised what she had done. Those "haunting" the house are in fact the living who occasionally intrude on the spirit world.

Do you think there are ghosts who don't know they're dead? 

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61 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite movies EVER, oh gosh!

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    1. It's a good one isn't it. I like it more every time I see it. The first time it didn't grab me, but I think that's because I was expecting something else - now I love it.

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  2. Great movie! And I've always wanted to see a ghost—it seems like such a romantic (okay, creepy, too) notion—but it's never happened.

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    1. I've never seen one, only heard a few. My husband is more likely to see one than me, his family seem to run into ghosts all over the place :)

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  3. I saw this movie and hated it! Not really, it was well done, but I didn't realize they were the ghosts until well into the movie. I was sad. I hate to be sad watching a movie. The sixth sense was another one that bothered me. Well done both of them though. I hate the creepy feeling you get when the presence of a ghost is felt. I freak, and then run in the other direction! :)

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    1. I wasn't won over the first time I saw it, but the more times I have watched it, the more I like it. :) I wonder why ghosts set off the fear response - are we pre-conditioned or do they just interact in a really weird way?

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  4. That sounds like a scary movie. o.o
    I think there are ghosts out there who have no idea.

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    1. Seems sad that they must be wandering around wondering why no one will talk to them.

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  5. I didn't know the premise of this movie; sounds ghastly in a way! Bruce Willis' character in Sixth Sense was dead, yet thought he was alive, right?

    betty

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  6. I don't know the movie but it sounds interesting, I scare easily so avoid a lot of ghost/horror movies but I do love a good story! After the challenge I may well be picking back through your A to Z to try a few!

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
    Curling Stones for Lego People

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    1. This one it not too scary, more uncomfortable - but there are a couple of jumpy scenes. I really enjoy it though.

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  7. That would be so disconcerting to find out you're the ghost. I haven't seen the film and normally don't like scary movies, but this one sounds interesting and after reading your comment above that it isn't too scary, I might give it a go.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/g-is-for-grounding-nancy-drew.html

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  8. What an absolutely fascinating concept. I don't go to the movies very much either.

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    1. This one is just as enjoyable on the computer or the TV - it's good on the big screen, but it's not paramount.

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  9. I still have to watch this movie. Maybe there are some ghosts who don't know they're dead, although I tend to think ghosts are just residual energy.

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    1. I definitely think some of the things we define as ghosts are simply recording on the environment from the past, but I have my doubts that they all are :)

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  10. I've not seen this film and I know what I'm watching this weekend.

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  11. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog still has a giveaway with bonus a to z challenges to encourage people to visit more stops. Thanks for your visit.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
    I thought that movie was far better than people gave it credit for.

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    1. The first week has been going really well thank you :)
      I think the more you watch it the better the movie gets.

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  12. Great post. Just stopped by on the challenge. My newest novel has ghosts in it. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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  13. I really enjoyed that movie. And, to answer your question, yes, I do think there are ghosts that don't realize they're dead.

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    1. Me too. Shock does strange things to human beings so I don't see why the ultimate shock might not warp a ghost's reality.

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  14. This is such a good movie! I'd love to see it again, especially now that I know the ending.
    I do think there can be ghosts that don't know they're dead, especially when death is sudden and unexpected and especially when the spirit is stuck between worlds...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I have come to appreciate it the more I have seen it.
      Humans lose their way all the time, I think it's quite logical that their spirits might too.

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  15. Wow I really loved this movie and more importantly it made me enjoy Nicole Kidman's work again.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Adventure!
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. She has made some wonderful movies and some really bad ones too :) She rarely seems to hit middle ground.

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  16. I love the name Grace--I'm featuring a Grace on my blog today, too.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/

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  17. I absolutely love this movie, and that twist!? SO great.

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    1. It's a good one. I saw it coming, but that's because I see most twists coming - still awesome though.

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  18. Still one of the best plot twists in film history. Beats Sixth Sense by a mile :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Hmm ... I have to say I'd put them the other way round. Missed the one in Sixth Sense, saw this one coming :) Thought they were both great though.

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  19. What a cool story, ghosts who don't know they are ghosts.

    Susan Says

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  20. I loved this movie. Would like to watch it again sometime, knowing what's coming, to see how it plays differently.


    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. I liked it more the second time ... and the third ... :)

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  21. I loved the movie, the twist of the ghosts being haunted by living people. Scary the first time through, sad the second time.

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    1. Yes, and the more details you pick out the more poignant it becomes.

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  22. I remember seeing the movie in the theater and screaming in that pivotal scene when the psychic goes, "Come join us!" A lot of scary twists in the movie.

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    1. There were a couple of jumpy moments, weren't there :)

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  23. I really enjoyed The Others. The truth about the ghosts gave it a different sort of replay value than other movies about hauntings, that's for certain. :)

    The Immarcescible Word

    Frox'n'Fox

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    1. The film just gets better the more times you see it :)

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  24. The Others is on of the best ghost stories - no, one of the best movies I've ever seen. It held me from start to finished and it shocked me with the revelation.
    Absolutely fantastic!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. Well worth watching more than once too :)

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  25. I'm sure that if there are ghosts, then there are those among them that don't believe they are dead. Maybe even a lot. Death is probably a pretty traumatic event for most people. It makes sense that they wouldn't want to remember it.

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  26. I've only seen bits and pieces of this movie. Now I need to sit down and watch it, even knowing the plot twist. I know nothing about ghosts.

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    1. Sorry - I keep forgetting to put up spoiler warnings. It's just been out so long I forget people haven't seen it. It is a great movie.

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  27. What a great theme! So interesting and fun to read. I'll be back for more soon. :)

    Happy A-to-Z'ing

    serpent77.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you :) Hope you enjoy my choices of fictional phantoms :)

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  28. I loved that movie so much. I think it got overlooked by many because The Sixth Sense was released first.

    I'm sure there are ghosts that don't realize they're dead. I've heard of ones that repeat the same routine everyday, as if they were still alive.

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    1. They are such different films too, in atmosphere and setting. I like them both a lot for different reasons.

      I wonder if it's harder to not realise you're dead or to understand that life as you knew it is now gone?

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  29. Brilliant movie. Scared me much more than Sixth Sense, but I rate them both highly.

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  30. Now that I read this, she could have become a llorna. The movie was good. I did enjoy it.

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  31. This is a favourite movie. Such a twist at the end! Although I'm not a believer in such things as ghosts, it makes for a fascinating story to be dead and not realize it.

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