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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
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Lost Hearts (TV Short 1973)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
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The Signalman (TV Short 1976)
Drama | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup
A Warning to the Curious (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington
A View from a Hill (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In fact Dr Fanshawe is not on holiday. As an archaeologist, he has been engaged by the squire to catalogue a private collection of local artefacts.

Director: Luke Watson
Stars: Mark Letheren, Pip Torrens, David Burke
The Ash Tree (TV Short 1975)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Edward Petherbridge, Preston Lockwood, Barbara Ewing
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Reverend Justin Somerton, a scholar of Medieval history, and his protégé Lord Peter Dattering are visiting an Abbey library. Studying a stained glass window they uncover clues leading to a treasure hidden by a disgraced Abbot.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
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Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.

Director: John Das
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Dario Argento, Fabrizio Bava
Stigma (TV Short 1977)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Kate Binchy, Peter Bowles, Maxine Gordon
Dead of Night (TV Series 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown
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A series of six effective and concise chillers commissioned by ATV from Producer Nicholas Palmer, and Writer Nigel Kneale, who had just left as a Staff Writer for the BBC, broadcast on Saturday nights. The episodes all had a minimal feel, with the stories taking place in ordinary locations, such as a farm house, a supermarket, or a front room.

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Completely terrifying
11 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw During Barty's Party when it was first shown on British TV in 1976; I was twelve and it was a special treat from my grandparents, whose house I was staying at. I had nightmares for weeks! This is a wonderfully crafted story: two actors and the suggestion of a terrible, unseen threat worked together in scaring the undergarments off this viewer! Some of the images, notably the last one, have stayed with me for 30 years. Do NOT watch this alone.

Without giving too much away: as the story unfolds, everything works by suggestion. Washed-out, bleak 70's British TV production values help in establishing the normality that horror needs as a baseline for all the nastiness to happen against. And the ending is truly haunting.


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