Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he ... See full summary »
Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »
Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he encounters an old Punch and Judy man. Written by
The book on which the premise is based is actually the second one. The first book, called "The Midnight Folk", features several characters who are common in both stories. These include Kay Harker, Sylvia Pouncer, Caroline Louisa, Abner Brown and the Mouse who dwells in the sewers and assists Kay. Sylvia Pouncer was Kay Harker's original governess but Caroline Louisa takes him under her custody after the conclusion of "The Midnight Folk" . The existence of a full-fledged established back-story resolves some questions in the TV series such as Kay Harker being already accustomed to magical incidents, Abner Brown holding a grudge against Kay Harker for his previous interference, Kay being knowledgeable about Abner Brown's and Sylvia Pouncer's involvement with occult and their sinister intentions (as well as knowing that Abner Brown is using an alias), and finally Mouse recognizing Kay instantly (due to their previous encounters) and willing to guide him without any further explanation. See more »
This has been one of my favorite Christmas movies since I ran across it on the PBS "Wonder Works" series almost two decades ago. I was fortunate enough to have taped it at the time and I've watched it every Christmas since!
Devin Stansfield is Kay Harker, a young Briton from an affluent family who is travelling by train to spend the Christmas holiday with relatives. Taking a nap in an empty compartment, he unexpectedly finds himself in the company of two apparent clergymen (Jonathan Stevens & Geoffrey Larder) who cheat him out of a shilling and then steal his wallet! Appearances continue to prove deceiving as an old tramp (Patrick Troughton) turns out to be the ancient alchemist Raymond Lully, and Kay plunges into a wonderful adventure of magic and mystery.
The acting (mostly perfect) is occasionally a little wooden, and the special effects are a tribute to the demands a limited budget makes on the imagination. However the cinematography is superb and the screenplay does justice to the rich novel by Mansfield. The plot is excellent and the story taps a rich vein of English mythology.
It's unfortunate that this video is apparently only available from England, where it is only for sale in British video format - which is not compatible with U.S. machines! I hope that "The Box of Delights" will soon make its debut on DVD.
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