Ice House, The

Date: 1978
Director: Derek Lister
Production Company: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Stars: John Stride, Geoffrey Burridge, Elizabeth Romily
Location(s): Hampshire

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Made for BBC Television’s occasional ‘A Ghost Story for Christmas’, this short film sees a recently divorced man seeking sanctuary at a country retreat run by a sinister brother and sister.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

 

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Recently divorced from his wife, Paul moves into a residential health spa run by Jessica and Clovis. Daneshill School, since 2000 the Four Seasons Hotel, near Hook in Hampshire located by Richard Lovejoy.

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As they walk through the gardens, a Gentleman Resident tells Paul (John Stride) that the spa is a home from home.

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Sitting by the lake, Jessica (Elizabeth Romilly) speaks as the two men pass.

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The following day, Jessica and her brother Clovis (Geoffrey Burridge) take Paul to see the ice house.

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In the woods, the three admire the strange vine growing over the remote building.

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After noticing that all the staff are cold to the touch, Paul asks the siblings about a former masseur who is no longer at the house.

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On the lawn of the country house, Paul and a Lady in Diamonds (Gladys Spencer) play croquet against Clovis and Jessica. The Four Seasons Hotel, formerly Daneshill School and before that Dogmersfield House.

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Paul shivers as a cold chill runs through his body. Daneshill School moved premises in 1979 and the building became offices after renovation following a fire in 1981.

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Over tea, Paul asks what is kept behind the locked door of the ice house. The grounds of Daneshill School in Dogmersfield Park off Chalky Lane, Hook.

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Returning to the Ice House, Paul studies the vine that bears flowers of different colours.

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Leaving the health spa that night, Paul explores the ice house further and discovers his masseur encased in ice within.

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The next day, Clovis and Jessica lead their increasingly cold guest from the building.

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Almost in a trance, Paul is led through the woods . . . .

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. . . . to the waiting ice house.