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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ivan Passer|
|Produced by||Martin Poll|
|Written by||Lewis John Carlino|
|Based on||Haunted Summer
by Anne Edwards
|Music by||Christopher Young|
|Edited by||Cesare D'Amico
|Distributed by||Cannon Films|
Haunted Summer is a 1988 drama film directed by Ivan Passer.
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.
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