The Ghost (Italian title: Lo Spettro) is a 1963 Italian horror film directed by Riccardo Freda, using the pseudonym “Robert Hampton”. The film stars Barbara Steele and Peter Baldwin. Other titles for the film include The Spectre and Lo Spettro del Dr. Hichcock.
The Ghost was shot in Rome. It is a Gothic re-imagining of the film Les Diaboliques (1955).
The Italian production crew are credited by aliases. The music score is credited to “Franck Wallace”, whom Italian magazine Bianco e Nero and the Monthly Film Bulletin claim is a pseudonym for Franco Mannino. When Beat Records re-released the score, they found the tapes credited to Francesco De Masi who is not credited in the film.
Riccardo Freda had directed Barbara Steele in the horror film The Horrible Dr. Hichcock the previous year. In that film Steele’s character was also married to a Doctor Hichcock, but neither character had any connection with those in The Ghost.
The Ghost was released in Italy on March 30, 1963, where it was distributed by Dino de Laurentiis. The film grossed a total of £175 million lira on its theatrical release. Freda said that the censors did not object to any of the film’s content.
The film was later released in the United Kingdom in February 1964 and in the United States on February 18, 1965 in Dallas.
color, widescreen, mono, 95 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!