Ghost Stories

This collection of ghostly encounters not only will give you goosebumps, it's cleverly constructed and fun too.

Screenings

Director | Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

GB | 2018

98 minutes

IMDB

With | Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther

Language | English

Ghost Stories

Phillip Goodman, host of a TV show in which he exposes ‘spiritualist’ practices as fraud, takes on three mysterious cases of ghosts haunting seemingly innocent victims. Goodman soon discovers that the stories are not only perhaps true, they are somehow all connected to him. This collection of ghostly encounters not only will give you goosebumps, it's cleverly constructed and fun too.

Ghost Stories is a very British endeavor, scripted by one of the guys from The League of Gentleman and part of the British tradition of Amicus Portmanteau horror films from the 60s and 70s, that were often made up out of several short stories told by one narrator. Except for the surprise finale, which is nicely set up through small clues along the way, the stories tread familiar ground: a deserted nuthouse, car trouble in the middle of nowhere, a ghostly presence. But this is all about execution, which is great, thanks to deliberate pacing, fine acting, offbeat humour and effective scare tactics.