A classic tale of mystery and the supernatural
From the father of the modern ghost story
Casting the Runes
North American DVD Debut on July 17, 2012
Includes more than an hour of bonus materials
Silver Spring, MD -- A chilling tale of an innocent woman battling a satanic spell drawn from one of M.R. James's most frightening tales, Casting the Runes makes its North American DVD debut from Acorn Media on July 17, 2012. Tense and atmospheric, this spooky story features outstanding performances and plenty of suspense from the father of the modern ghost story. Iain Cuthbertson (Gorillas in the Mist, Children of the Stones) is thoroughly chilling as Karswell, and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Under the Hammer) plays the increasingly desperate Dunning to the hilt in this tense and atmospheric British thriller. Commissioned for broadcast in 1979 as part of ITV Playhouse, the classic occult story remains popular in mainstream media, influencing such films as 1957's Curse of the Demon to 2009's Drag Me to Hell. The DVD single also includes the M.R. James adaptation Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance (20 min.) and the documentary A Pleasant Terror: The Life & Ghosts of M.R. James (51 min.) ($29.99, www.AcornOnline.com).
"No, no, Miss Dunning. You'll have to be more clever than that." With these words, Julian Karswell dismisses Prudence Dunning's attempts to undo his satanic spell--a curse that terrorized and ultimately killed a writer a decade earlier.
Casting the Runes pits an innocent television producer against a fiendish alchemist. While working on a piece exposing would-be mystics, Dunning brings unwanted attention to the reclusive occultist. In retaliation, he delivers a runic scroll that dooms her to a horrific fate, unless she can devise a way to turn the tables in her favor, at any price.
BONUS: The M.R. James adaptation Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance (20 min.) and the documentary A Pleasant Terror: The Life & Ghosts of M.R. James (51 min.)
Street Date: July 17, 2012
DVD Single - Approx. 47 min., plus bonus - British drama - SDH subtitles
About Acorn: Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media U.S. specializes in the best of British television on DVD/Blu-ray. 2012 releases include a bonus packed 35th anniversary edition of I, Claudius; the Blu-ray debuts for the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the first six series of Agatha Christie's Poirot; the U.S. debut of Monroe; Judi Dench in Love in a Cold Climate; The Best of Foyle's War; The Story of Costume Drama; Damian Lewis in The Forsyte Saga; and more episodes from Garrow's Law, Midsomer Murders, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, George Gently, and New Tricks. Acorn's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com. Select series are available for streaming at Acorn TV, http://acornonline.com/TV
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News Editor July 15, 2012, 10:49 am