Movie With Ghostly Children?
April 22, 2011 2:20 AM Subscribe
Can anyone help identify this classic movie about ghostly children?
posted by Joey Michaels to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine is trying to recall a movie she remembers from her childhood, but we friends of hers can't identify. Help us, AskMetafilter! Here is the information, as per friend:
Sometime between the years of 1979 and 1984 I saw a movie (possibly a classic?) on Saturday or Sunday morning TV, that made a rather significant impression. Over the years I have found myself wanting to watch it again as an adult, but unfortunately I don't know what the movie was. Nor can I identify any of the actors in the movie, which may or may not be well-known actors - I just was simply too young to pay attention to that kind of stuff.
What I can remember about the movie:
I remember thinking it was an older movie - I think it was black and white, although I wouldn't swear to it. If it had colour, it had to be earlier colour. I'm thinking it had to be for sure earlier than the 1970s (even if it was a more modern movie done in black and white) just due to the quality of the film. For reference, I used to watch Abbott and Costello, so it could even be circa that era.
Plot as I can recall (I was pretty young at the time):
There were two kids - a boy and a girl, who ended up living with some seriously oppressive care-givers. Not sure if they were relatives, or just people who adopted them, but something had happened to their parents and they were living with this new family (I think out in the country) and it seemed to me they were quite abusive. These kids met another pair of kids who helped them either play pranks on, or get revenge, on the couple who was abusive to them.
The end of the movie, which is the part that made the impression, ended with the two victimized children realizing that they were, in fact, dead. And the other children who had been helping them were, in fact, ghosts. And now they were free from the tyranny of their caregivers.
Subsequent discussion has determined that it wasn't the episode of The Twilight Zone
titled The Bewitchin' Pool
or The Innocents
Thank you for any help you might be able to give. It was driving her crazy, and now its driving me crazy.