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The Haunting of Barney Palmer

Television (Full Length) – 1986

Based on a classic novel by Margaret Mahy, The Haunting of Barney Palmer is a fantasy 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 TV movie was a co-production between PBS (United States) and Wellington's Gibson Group. American actor Ned Beatty (Deliverance, Network) was part of the cast. Mahy based it on her Carnegie Award-winning novel The Haunting; it marked an early fruitful collaboration between her and director Yvonne Mackay.

I'm coming to catch you ... slowly. You'll have time to get used to me.
– Barney's Great Uncle

Key Cast & Crew

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Yvonne Mackay


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Dave Gibson


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Margaret Mahy

Writer, Original Author

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Leon Banas

As: Young Cole

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Stephen Judd

As: Young Barnaby

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Alexis Banas

As: Barney Palmer

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