HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Dave Made a Maze
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel
Prayer Before Dawn, A
Ragewar
Lowlife
Fashionista
Elizabeth Harvest
Moulin Rouge!
Free Solo
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Stan and Ollie
Girl in the Spider's Web, The
Up from the Depths
Guardians of the Tomb
November Man, The
Overlord
Sebastiane
Lifechanger
Circle of Two
Hell Fest
Oklahoma!
Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The
Vigilante Force
Haunting of Sharon Tate, The
Paradox
Peppermint
Sharkwater Extinction
Isn't It Romantic
Sink the Bismarck!
Possum
   
 
Newest Articles
Killer Apps: The Rise of the Evil 60s Supercomputers
How 1970s Can You Get? Cliff Richard in Take Me High vs Never Too Young to Rock
A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
Phwoar, Missus! Sexytime for Hollywood
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
   
 
  Ghost Stories Uncanny InvestigationsBuy this film here.
Year: 2017
Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Nicholas Burns, Louise Atkins, Lesley Harcourt, Amy Doyle, Deborah Wastell, Daniel Hill, Christine Dalby, Maggie McCarthy, Derren Brown, Jill Halfpenny
Genre: Horror
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: It was his father who put Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) off belief in the supernatural, that included anything from organised religion to mediumship, and he made it his life's work to expose the charlatans who preyed on the believers to exploit them either for financial gain or some curious sense of power over them. His great hero was Charles Cameron, an investigator who performed his own exposes when Goodman was young and tuning into his television programme, and now he has a show of his own, he feels he can do Cameron's legacy justice, especially when the man suffered a disappearance some years ago, becoming a mystery himself...

Ghost Stories was a must-see play in Britain for a good while, so as the two brains behind it, Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, had a foot in television and film, the obvious thing to do was bring it to the big screen. If it was more a cult success there than the megahit it had been on the stage, that may have been more down to the changes necessary from transition from one arena to another, and the film certainly found an appreciative audience after a fashion, though with seemingly every horror movie released in the twenty-first century, there was a legion of online naysayers telling you it was the worst thing they had ever seen. If you were sympathetic, however, there was much to like here.

Nyman and Dyson's grounding was in what had come to be termed hauntology, referencing those entertainments and supposedly factual works around the supernatural that Britain brought out during the particular period from the late nineteen-sixties to the mid-eighties. Doctor Who was the most prominent example, though that did not always deal with the relevant material, so you had to look to as varied examples as The Pan Book of Horror series of paperbacks to Children of the Stones to The Wicker Man to Sapphire and Steel to just about any BBC children's drama of the era to feature the paranormal - not to mention ghost reports on Nationwide or Arthur C. Clarke's TV efforts.

Yet it was apparent, though the emblem of scariness here wore a very seventies parka hood, the authors were intent not to make a series of "remember that bit where?" references into something passing for a story, and had more ambitious interests at heart, within the slender means available to them. There was a suspicion they were having their cake and eating it too when their arch-skeptic protagonist was faced with three cases he could not solve, then became part of a mystery in himself until the big reveal as to what was really going on, which was a shade too close to wrapping things up in a way every English teacher in the land warned their pupils never to use, no matter how often it was resorted to in popular culture. But until that point, which nevertheless contained its own chilling sting, this romped along enjoyably.

Each of the main plots took the form of a past case of Cameron that he was never able to solve, though since he was relying solely on eyewitness testimony you imagine it would be simple enough to dismiss the accounts as examples of mistaken beliefs, suggestion in stressful situations and misidentification. Fortunately, the directors had hired three excellent performers to keep us intrigued, Paul Whitehouse as a security guard in an abandoned women's asylum building (bringing a real venom quite apart from his better known comedy endeavours), Alex Lawther as a nervy student with a penchant for economy with the truth, and finally Martin Freeman as a posh landowner who was plagued by a poltergeist as his wife gave birth to their son. Harking back to Amicus, but further back to Dead of Night, the all-time portmanteau horror classic, Ghost Stories perhaps relied too far on jump scares that swiftly dulled in effect, but if you were on their wavelength Nyman and Dyson provided much to indulge in. Music by Haim Frank Ilfman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 227 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: