An aspiring young painter falls for his patron's niece but forsakes love for ambition when a ghoulish stranger demands her for himself. Adapted from the chilling ghost story by J Sheridan Le Fanu, Schalcken the Painter weaves a fictional tale of terror around the work of real life seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Godfried Schalcken. Originally screened by the BBC during the dying hours of 23 December 1979 this exquisitely shot, atmospheric horror film explores the uneasy relationship between art, commerce and erotic desire. The superb cast includes Jeremy Clyde,... Maurice Denham and Cheryl Kennedy. [show more]
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Made-for-TV fantasy horror based on the ghost story by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu. Would-be young artist Godfried Schalcken (Jeremy Clyde) is in love with Rose (Cheryl Kennedy), the niece of his benefactor Gerrit Dou (Maurice Denham). However, a mysterious stranger appears and buys Rose's hand in marriage. They get married in a Rotterdam church but when Schalcken later goes to check on Rose's well-being he learns that the couple have not been seen since their wedding day...