Artisan (1986)
Drama, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Biography
USA | German | Color | 1h 27min

The year is 1816. A sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of madness. On this night of the "Haunted Summer," five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure up their darkest fears. Poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, Shelley's fiancée Mary Godwin, Mary's stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron's friend John Polidori spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy. Horrifying visions invade the castle - realizations of Byron's fear of leeches, Shelley's fear of premature burial, Mary's fear of birthing a stillborn child - all brought forth in a bizarre dreamscape. They share the terrifying fantasies that chase them through the castle that night. The events of that night later inspired Mary Shelley to write the classic "Frankenstein" and Dr. Polidori to pen "The Vampyre," which became the basis for the creation of Dracula..

Cast View all

Gabriel Byrne Byron
Julian Sands Shelley
Natasha Richardson Mary Shelley
Myriam Cyr Claire Clairmont
Timothy Spall Dr. Polidori
Alec Mango Murray
Andreas Wisniewski Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher Rushton
Pascal King Justine
Tom Hickey Tour Guide
Linda Coggin Turkish Mechanical Woman
Kristine Landon-Smith Mechanical Woman
Chris Chappell Man in Armour
Mark Pickard Young William
Kiran Shah Fuseli Monster
Christine Newby Shelley Fan
Kim Tillesly Shelley Fan
Ken Russell Tourist

Crew View all

Director Ken Russell
Ken Russel
Writer Stephen Volk
Producer Robert Fox, Al Clark, Penny Corke, Robert Devereux
Musician Thomas Dolby


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