The Haunting of Julia (1977)
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Stars: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti
"Of course, we don't know what the long-term psychological effects will be from a trauma of this severity."
Also known as Full Circle, this beautiful film is based on the novel Julia by Peter Straub and is a prime example of horror as an art form.
After their daughter Katie tragically chokes to death at the breakfast table, parents Magnus and Julia are devastated. Julia is especially distraught since she attempted and failed to save her daughter's life. By cutting her throat. (Didn't they have the Heimlich Maneuver back then?)
Julia decides to run away and make a fresh start on her own. Consumed by grief, she is no longer interested in her marriage and simply wants to live alone. Unfortunately, she moves into a house haunted by the malevolent spirit of another little girl who died similarly to Katie. After a disasterous seance, Julia decides it's time to investigate the previous occupants of her home. As she digs deeper into the past, ugly truths emerge and people are killed. Julia learns the whole sordid tale and makes a final desperate attempt to embrace and love the ghost that haunts her house, a quest for redemption that comes to a shocking conclusion.
Slow, subtle, mesmerizing, and genuinely eerie, this is a hidden gem of 70's horror. The soundtrack is SUPERB. It's a shame more people don't know about this film. Perfect for those who prefer a slow burn.