Lost Hearts

1973

Action / Horror / Mystery

Top cast

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319.12 MB
1280*960
English 2.0
NR
25 fps
12 hr 34 min
Seeds 14
592.39 MB
1440*1080
English 2.0
NR
25 fps
12 hr 34 min
Seeds 19

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Bunuel1976 7 / 10

GHOST STORY FOR Christmas: LOST HEARTS (TV) (Lawrence Gordon Clark, 1973) ***

Another ghoulish Yuletide yarn from the atmospheric pen of the great M. R. James: after a slow start depicting the settling in of a young boy into the mansion of his slightly dotty elderly cousin, the pace picks up considerably towards the midpoint of this 35 minute TV program with the chilling reappearance of the young children (fleetingly seen waving to the boy at the start) who have now morphed into ondulating Nosferatu-like wraiths complete with talons for fingernails! As it turns out, this boy and girl had previously also been guests at the cousin's manor but were sacrificed to the old man's obsessive quest for immortality via his belief that extracting three young hearts of living children will do the trick; needless to say, our young protagonist is the last link in the chain but the greedy old man did not count on the protection/retribution of his previous victims who (understandably off-screen) perform their own live heart removal on him and throw the beating organ into the flaming fireplace!

Reviewed by angelacoombs 7 / 10

Scarey in 1973

Terrified the life out of me in 1973 and I was scared of the dark for many years after! Even walked around with my arms across my chest too. All these years later it still seems very sinister . . .

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 9 / 10

Another creepy gem from the best ghost story author of them all

Another of the "Ghost Stories for Christmas" that the BBC ran back in the '70s - those were the days. Clocking it at just under forty minutes, LOST HEARTS is nevertheless a fine adaptation of the short story by famed author M. R. James. Here we have the bare bones of a ghostly tale, stripped of any of the fat that might have been added had the tale been made into a full-length film, and once again a fantastically eerie watch.

The story is set at a large countryside mansion complete with creaking floor boards and long, deserted passageways - a fine setting for a ghostly tale if ever I saw one. The haunting itself takes the shape of a pair of ghost children, who appear from a distance watching the main character rather like THE WOMAN IN BLACK did sixteen years later. These children have blue, dead skin, and open chest cavities where their hearts have been removed (hence the title). Although their appearance seems to be indebted to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the ghosts still pack one heck of a punch and are entirely creepy and disturbing to watch - especially when the camera moves in close on their grinning faces.

The story is a concise and good one, with an inevitable finale looming ever closer. It turns out that Abney is an occultist who believes he has found the secret of immortality - but needs to burn the heart of a young child to achieve that end. You can easily guess the outcome of the man's actions, but it's still gripping stuff. Simon Gipps-Kent plays the young Stephen, and is one of the best child actors I've seen. His performance requires him to act terrified a lot of the time and he does this well, along with being inquisitive and strong-minded. Joseph O'Connor puts in a great portrayal of a mad old man, and comes across as more than sadly pathetic than terrifying. The ghost kids are great, and the supporting actors and actresses make good of their minor turns.

LOST HEARTS is a film that brings out the melancholy and eeriness of the old British countryside, whether it be at a flowing stream, a churchyard, or the deep woods. It captures a forgotten Victorian era which is often overdone in bigger-budgeted movies which become unrealistic and too slick-looking. Here, the setting is fine, and the music greatly adds to the atmosphere. LOST HEARTS is a creepy and forgotten little film recommended to all true horror fans who like their chills to be old-fashioned and macabre rather than gory and in-your-face.

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