This is a very bizarre and well made film that seems to be forgotten today.
A young man named Fanning (Stephane Fey) is out for a walk in 1850's Massachusetts and stumbles upon an old and abandoned house.
All of the locals believe it's haunted and Fanning continues to investigate until he discovers it's owned by a man named Captain Diamond (Francois Vibert).
He befirends the lonely man who tells him that he visits the house 4 times a year to collect money. He tells Fanning that he killed his daughter years ago with his cruel words and that her ghost lives in the house, and that it pays him rent to stay there and keep people away.
Fanning enters the house and man is it creepy. The ghost, dressed all in black makes him leave. When Diamond gets too sick to collect the money he asks Fanning to do it, which he does, and there lies the interesting twist this film takes.
I won't give it away, but it's very, very downbeat. The stark black and white photography is beautifully shot and the film is skillfully directed by Robert Enrico who also gave us "An Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge.
It's a French film with English subtitles and it really delivers the goods. I don't understand why this film has been neglected by horror fans, but I hope it gets discovered again soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by bth my wife and I.
This film is so rare I couldn't even find a picture for this review.