The Haunting of Barney Palmer

The Haunting of Barney Palmer (1987)

  • Genre: Family, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1987-03-28
  • Runtime: 0h 54min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Gibson Group
  • Production Country: New Zealand
  • Director:


The Haunting of Barney Palmer is a fantasy film for children about a young boy who is haunted by his great uncle. Young Barney fears that he has inherited the Scholar family curse; a suite of 80s-era effects ramp up the supernatural suspense. The film was a co-production between PBS (United States) and Wellington's Gibson Group, which resulted in Ned Beatty (Deliverance, Network) being cast. It was written by Margaret Mahy, based on her Carnegie Award-winning novel The Haunting, and an early fruitful collaboration between her and director Yvonne Mackay.

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Editing John Gilbert Editor
Crew Alun Bollinger Cinematography
Sound Mike Westgate Sound Mixer
Directing Yvonne Mackay Director
Writing Margaret Mahy Adaptation
Writing Margaret Mahy Writer
Sound Jenny McLeod Music
Production Dave Gibson Producer
Art Tony Rabbit Production Design