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Motion Picture Purgatory: THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1977)

Canadian horror took a turn for the more respectable in the late 1970s, before the slashers dragged everything back down into the gutter. Films like THE CHANGELING, THE DISAPPEARANCE and the 1977 UK/Canadian co-production THE HAUNTING OF JULIA–also known as FULL CIRCLE–tried to put a more adult face on the genre with well-known stars, stories exploring grief and loss, and ghostly happenings in tweedy, upper-class settings. Featuring a star turn from Mia Farrow, THE HAUNTING OF JULIA remains one of the better Canadian terrors of the tax shelter era, as Rick Trembles discovers in this month’s edition of Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez: