Before The Silence of the Lambs (1991) revitalised his career, Anthony Hopkins hammed it up in less successful movies like Audrey Rose.
Directed by Robert Wise – whose credits include The Sound of Music (1965) and The Andromeda Strain (1971) – this film cashes in on the 1970s post-Exorcist interest in possession and the supernatural, with a tale about a 12-year-old girl called Ivy Templeton (Susan Swift), who Englishman Elliot Hoover (Hopkins) believes may in fact be a reincarnation of his deceased daughter, Audrey Rose, who died in a horrific car accident.
Complicating matters is the fact that Ivy keeps having seizures, creating the impression that she’s “reliving” Audrey’s death.
The cast – including Marsha Mason and John Beck as Ivy’s understandably concerned parents – is capable, but in the end, it’s let down by the drawn-out plot and the unlikely ending.
Ivy Templeton/Audrey Rose
Dr Steven Lipscomb
Mary Lou Sides
Maharishi Gupta Pradesh