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Ghostwatch (1992)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Mystery | Reality-TV  -  31 October 1992 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parkinson ...
Sarah Greene ...
Sarah Greene - Reporter
Mike Smith ...
Mike Smith - Phone-in Presenter
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Craig Charles - Interviewer
Gillian Bevan ...
Dr Lin Pascoe
Brid Brennan ...
Pamela Early
Michelle Wesson ...
Suzanne Early
Cherise Wesson ...
Kim Early
Chris Miller ...
Cameraman
Mike Aiton ...
Sound Recordist
Mark Lewis ...
Alan Demescu
Linda Broughton ...
Yvonne Etherly
Katherine Stark ...
Wendy Stott
Derek Smee ...
Arthur Lacey
Roger Tebb ...
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The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in Britain', expecting a light-hearted scare or two and probably the uncovering of a hoax. They think they are in control of the situation. They think they are safe. The viewers settle down and decide to watch 'for a laugh'. Ninety minutes later the BBC, and the country, was changed, and the consequences are still felt today. Written by Gary Thompson

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The distinctive sound of Tunstall's disembodied, wailing cats can also be heard in 1987 comedy-drama, 'Withnail & I'; specifically, the first scene to feature Richard Griffith's cat-loathing character, 'Uncle Monty'. See more »

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When the events in the house begin to escalate, Kim, the youngest Early daughter runs out of one of the bedrooms and accidentally bangs her head against the door frame. There is a few seconds where both she and Sarah Greene break character but carry on through it. See more »

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[last lines]
Michael Parkinson: The studio's... completely dark. Just... just blackness. All the lights have failed. The... the power's gone off.
[phosphorescent glow rises]
Michael Parkinson: We've... got some lights in the studio. I don't know... there's cameras, but I don't know which one's working... I mean... there are no... No camermen! I mean... it's difficult to know even if anybody's still... still with us, but if they are, this is the scene in this studio... this totally deserted studio.
[cats start to shriek in background]
Michael Parkinson: ...
[...]
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Scarier than the exorcist.
18 May 2002 | by (Norfolk, England) – See all my reviews

October 31st 1992. That's a night I will never forget in my life I was just 10 years old and was already a hardened horror fan so I had no worries about watching a program with people like Craig Charles and Michael Parkinson in it. This is going to be about as scary as an episode of He-Man I thought. How wrong I was. I didn't even make it to the end and had to wait ten years before I finally found a copy on tape. I didn't sleep properly for weeks.

Looking at it now I wonder just how so many people were fooled in to thinking it was real. As a kid it's easy to believe but now as an adult it's quite easy to see that the family are nothing more than actors, and very poor ones at that. Also the wind in the studio and some of the callers make it a little fake. The attention to detail is amazing. Note the television in the haunted house has the program on as well. One thing I really love about Ghostwatch is all of the hidden appearances of Pipes. It is quite simply the scariest thing ever made especially if you saw it that night and thought it was real. It would be great if the BBC released a DVD but it seems unlikely. Hats off to Stephen Volk for this classic show that has gone down in history.

10/10


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