Haunted Summer

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Haunted Summer
File:Haunted summer poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ivan Passer
Produced by Martin Poll
Written by Lewis John Carlino
Based on Haunted Summer 
by Anne Edwards
Starring
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Cesare D'Amico
Rick Fields
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release dates
  • December 16, 1988 (1988-12-16)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Haunted Summer is a 1988 drama film directed by Ivan Passer.

It stars Philip Anglim as Lord Byron, Eric Stoltz as Percy Shelley, Alice Krige as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Alex Winter as Dr. John William Polidori and Laura Dern as Claire Clairmont.

Plot summary

Like the 1986 film Gothic, Haunted Summer is set in 1816. Authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley (née Godwin) and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs, and sex. It is a fictionalization of the summer that Lord Byron and the Shelleys, together with Lord Byron's ex-lover and his doctor, John Polidori, spent in the isolated Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva. It is there they devise a contest to adduce the best horror story to kill the dullness of summer. It is also there that one of the world's most famous books was given life—Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.