Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Horror
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 72 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Horror legend Christopher Lee hosts and narrates a series of four half hour ghost stories all based on stories by M.R. James. 'The Stalls of Barchester', 'The Ash Tree', 'Number 13' and 'A ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 25 Dec 2010
 
a list of 68 titles
created 28 Dec 2010
 
a list of 201 titles
created 28 Sep 2011
 
a list of 154 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000– )

Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000– ) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ghost Stories for Christmas.

Season:

unknown

Year:

2000
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Rusty Apper
Stars: Rusty Apper, Ryan Hunter, Paul Kelleher
See No Evil: The Moors Murders (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A vivid drama that documents the notorious "Moors murderers", Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Maxine Peake, Sean Harris
The Signalman (TV Short 1976)
Drama | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A lonely Signalman is being haunted by a ghost from nearby tunnel who always shows up just before an accident occurs.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup
The Woman in Black (TV Movie 1989)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

'The Girl from Nagasaki' is a 3D feature film production of the classic Puccini Opera 'Madam Butterfly,' directed by world renown photographer Michel Comte. It's a modern day tale that ... See full summary »

Directors: Michel Comte, Ayako Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Miyamitsu, Edoardo Ponti, Paulina Semionova
Lost Hearts (TV Short 1973)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Simon Gipps-Kent, Joseph O'Conor, James Mellor
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After placing his ailing wife Alice in a care home elderly academic James Parkin goes to stay at a wintry out-of-season hotel which they used to visit together. Walking on a deserted beach ... See full summary »

Director: Andy De Emmony
Stars: John Hurt, Gemma Jones, Lesley Sharp
The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow
The Tractate Middoth (TV Movie 2013)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On his deathbed vicar Rant makes a secret confession to his niece Mary Simpson. Some twenty years later young librarian William Garrett is asked by elderly John Eldred to locate a book ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Gatiss
Stars: Louise Jameson, John Castle, Eleanor Bron
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Michael Bryant, Peggy Aitchison, Virginia Balfour
The Ash Tree (TV Short 1975)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 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
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 M.R James (unknown episodes)
Edit

Storyline

Horror legend Christopher Lee hosts and narrates a series of four half hour ghost stories all based on stories by M.R. James. 'The Stalls of Barchester', 'The Ash Tree', 'Number 13' and 'A Warning to the Curious' are the tales told. Written by Scott Dawson <scott@grekel.freeserve.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 December 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Christopher Lee's Ghost Stories for Christmas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As described in his autobiography, while passing oral tests for scholarship at Eton in the 1930s, young Christopher Lee did get to meet M. R. James, the then Provost of the school, in person. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
SPINE-CHILLING
20 May 2002 | by (Kent) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee stars as M.R. James, provost of Kings college, Cambridge. James, the foremost writer of ghost stories of his day(and as far as I am concerned, nowadays too), would gather a select group of friends and students to his study each christmas eve and read them his latest tale of horror. This set of spine-chilling ghost stories was aired a couple of Christmas's ago, and had me glued to the screen each time. The BBC is to be celebrated for adapting these stories, as it did so successfully with James's work in the early 1970's.

The set-up is simple: Lee simply sits in his study and recounts each story to his "students". There are no cutaways to actors playing the characters in each tale; the tension instead builds through the occasional cutaway or point of view shot, layered with extremely effective(and scary)music. The best of the four stories is "The Ash Tree", a deeply chilling tale of witchcraft and revenge; the weakest (though still very good), is the opening "The Stalls Of Barchester". "Number 13", the story of a ghostly, hidden room is also very impressive, as is "A Warning To The Curious", which features some seriously creepy shots of dark, disturbing coastline, riddled with Lee's chilling recital of a man pursued by the terrifying forces he has unleashed. Lee reads each story with terrific pace and conviction, and brings James' words to life superbly.

Granted, this is traditional, old-style horror that doesn't rely on shock tactics or sophisticated special effects to achieve its terror. That is precisely why it succeeds so well. The real success of "Ghost Stories For Christmas" lies in its ability to stay with you long after it's finished...especially while you're alone at night. So tuck yourself in, close the curtains, switch off the lights, and switch on "Ghost stories For Christmas".




17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why ever is this not available on dvd? artilevel
Discuss Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page