The Canterville Ghost

DVD Release: August 15, 2010
The Canterville Ghost


Based on Oscar Wilde’s Classic Tale. Strange, unexplained occurrences in an old English manor are turning the Otis family’s dream vacation into a nightmare. One night, they actually meet the long dead Sir Simon de Canterville – and discover just how cowardly a ghost can be!

Mr. and Mrs. Otis soon turn the tables and start haunting the terrified ghost, while their daughter Virginia protects him. Mustering all her courage, Virginia helps Sir Simon break the curse that had doomed him to walk the Canterville’s hall forever!

Dove Review

This 1985 TV version of the classic Oscar Wilde tale is an easy one to watch. Only 54 minutes long, the viewer will be amazed at how different the effects are in this film compared to those that are used today. One of many tales that are told is the one about a castle in England haunted by a ghost that was wrongly accused of killing his wife. Now this family of long lost relatives has come to live in the castle and Sir Simon is determined to get them to leave the estate. But the tides are turned and instead of the ghost leaving the Otis family help him.

This movie may frighten very young children but those ten and older may enjoy this cute fantasy tale. We award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to this engaging film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kiss.
Language: "Bloody" -1; The Lord is said in reverence -2; "Damnation" is used as a description by the ghost in having to haunt the castle.
Violence: Blood on floor; discussion about a woman who was killed or so everyone thought.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Comments about the curse to haunt this castle; a prophecy to break the curse.


Company: Timeless Media Group
Writer: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 60 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe