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Sinister Ghost Stories Clip Makes Its Way Online

Last Friday, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s horror film, Ghost Stories, opened stateside, solely in New York City, and grossed nearly $13,000 from a single theatre, prompting many to believe that the success will translate into an expanded release in other major cities in the coming weeks.

Starring Martin Freeman and Alex Lawther, alongside co-writer and co-director Nyman (The League of Gentlemen), Ghost Stories shadows Professor Goodman (Nyman), a psychologist and skeptic, “who has his rationality tested” upon investigating “three terrifying hauntings.”

A production of Warp Films, the studio behind several menacing titles, including Ben Wheatley’s 2011 psychological horror Kill List and Justin Kurzel’s (Assassin’s Creed) brutal crime drama Snowtown, Ghost Stories was the subject of high praise following its screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the kudos continued to pour in for the flick upon its official release. Currently, it sits at 83% certified fresh
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New Ghost Stories Clip Teases Supernatural Scares

If catching him as Everett Ross in Marvel’s Black Panther wasn’t enough for fans of the Sherlock and Hobbit actor, Martin Freeman is now set to scare us out of our wits as well in the upcoming British horror anthology movie, Ghost Stories.

Co-written, co-directed by and co-starring Andy Nyman, the film will combine three tales of terror via a wraparound narrative, featuring Nyman as a skeptic psychologist investigating ghost sightings. From there, we imagine his character will have his disbelief tested when he comes face to face with the supernatural.

Martin Freeman nabs top billing, of course, and is set to play a man named Mike Priddle, while the rest of the cast is filled out with comedian Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game) and Jill Halfpenny. Unfortunately, the fan favorite actor doesn’t show up in this new clip (up above), but rest assured, he
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Movie Review – Ghost Stories (2017)

Ghost Stories, 2017.

Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman.

Starring Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, and Alex Lawther.

Synopsis:

An academic and arch-sceptic is drawn into a quest to disprove the reality of three inexplicable cases of supernatural activity.

Adapted from a successful stage play that first toured the UK in 2010, Ghost Stories is a macabre anthology piece in the tradition of the best of Hammer and Amicus productions from the 1960’s and 70’s. The big screen version successfully adds a cinematic scope to Dyson and Nyman’s play, expanding and adding to the background of the story, while keeping the sharp surprises and air of disquiet present in the original format.

The film follows Prof. Phillip Goodman as he seeks to uncover the truth about a series of three ‘unsolvable’ cases. Driving around the country in a vintage car and exuding an air of superior intellect and authority,
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Review: Ghost Stories (2017)

A university professor is tasked with investigating three unsolved cases of paranormal activity in Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s unsettling feature debut.

Ghost Stories is the feature debut of Andy Nyman (character actor, magician, and Darren Brown’s bestie) and Jeremy Dyson (the unseen forth member of The League of Gentlemen), both co-directing and penning the screenplay adaption of their hit 2010 stage play. Phewy, that’s a lot of time and work. And then some, as Nyman plays the lead character Professor Phillip Goodman, who specialises in parapsychology – (basically, the study of paranormal stuff like ghosts, telepathy, and spoon bending). But he’s a kind-hearted skeptic, exposing overly quaffed and fraudulent spiritual mediums, and more likely to offer a possessed child a sympathetic ear than brutally exorcise them.

The good professor’s non-believer status is thrown into question, when his long presumed dead TV hero and fellow supernatural investigator,
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Film Review: ‘Ghost Stories’

Film Review: ‘Ghost Stories’
Uncanny wraiths aren’t the only spectres drifting through “Ghost Stories,” Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s stylish, chain-rattling adaptation of their 2010 British stage smash: The more explicable spirits of William Castle and Amicus Productions hang about, too, in its blend of old-school spookhouse scares and chilly psychological realism. A throwback to the rickety portmanteau structure so prevalent in U.K. horror in the mid-20th century, Nyman and Dyson’s debut feature works niftily as an anthology, threading a slender investigative narrative through a trio of anxious, economically executed tales of unnerving hauntings in contemporary Yorkshire. It’s when the film attempts to bind all three into a more ambitious head trip that things come unstuck: A climactic rug-pull that worked grandly on stage is less satisfying on screen, leaving the film less a banquet than a platter of tasty appetizers — served suitably cold, of course.

That said, it
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First 7 films announced for the 2108 MidWest WeirdFest

The organisers of the MidWest WeirdFest have revealed the first 7 films for their 2018 event. The second annual festival – a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird – takes place March 9-11, 2018 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Says fest founder and veteran programmer Dean Bertram:

We are delighted to unveil this first glimpse at some of the 2018 festival’s incredible program. The selection encapsulates MidWest WeirdFest’s mission of showcasing a heady combination of the latest and most original horror, sci-fi, underground, and documentary films. We can’t wait for the festival’s audience to journey with us on another twisting, terrifying, and at times hilarious journey through the cutting-edge of this season’s weird cinema.

The first seven feature films announced are:

3 Dead Trick Or Treaters

(dir: Torin Langen)

After stumbling upon the graves of three murdered trick or treaters, a
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New Trailer For Ghost Stories Promises A Spooky Watch

If catching him as Everett Ross in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Black Panther isn’t enough for those fans of the Sherlock and Hobbit actor out there, Martin Freeman is set to scare us out of our wits as well in the upcoming British horror anthology movie, Ghost Stories.

Co-written, co-directed by and co-starring Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories combines three tales of terror via a wraparound narrative, featuring Nyman as a skeptic psychologist investigating ghost sightings. Needless to say, we imagine his character will have his disbelief tested when he comes face to face with the supernatural.

Martin Freeman nails top billing, of course, in his role as Mike Priddle, while the rest of the cast is filled out with comedian Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game) and Jill Halfpenny. Ghost Stories is based on the hit stage show that received rave reviews during its five year run from 2010 to 2015 and for more,
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New Ghost Stories UK Quad and Global Trailer Launches

Having been lucky enough to catch the original Olivier nominated stage production in London on several occassions it's a great privilege to be able to bring you the new global trailer and poster for the forthcoming horror adaptation of Ghost Stories. The highly anticipated British horror movie, based on the original stage show by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson ('The League of Gentlemen'), arrives in theatres on Friday 13th April 2018 and if the new trailer is anything to go by it seems poised to send plenty of shivers down unsupecting viewers' spines...
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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 2 review: Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

Louisa Mellor Jan 9, 2018

Inside No. 9 continues on excellent form with this bittersweet play about a lost showbusiness friendship. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.2 Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

In 2006, comedy double act Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball gave an interview to The Independent reminiscing about their stage and TV career. In their 1980s heyday, the pair had a serious falling-out, something “every double act goes through,” said Ball, “it’s like a marriage”. The piece concluded with Ball’s bittersweet line, “We've become really like brothers now. It's sad to say, but I'll bury him or he'll bury me.”

It probably wasn’t—Inside No.
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The week in TV: Feud: Bette and Joan; Shamed; The League of Gentlemen and more

Feud brilliantly revives the famed enmity between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Shamed pokes at fresher wounds, and it’s farewell Royston Vasey

Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC2/iPlayer)

Shamed (C4) | All 4

The League of Gentlemen (BBC2) | iPlayer

Darcy Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire (BBC1) | iPlayer

Alternativity (BBC2) | iPlayer

The World’s Best Christmas Lights (C4) | All 4

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – in truth, California, in that seemingly endless early-60s sunshine that splashed the world in Kodachrome – some real star wars were being fought out, between real stars. Not just Twitter-spats: there was real, poisonous, physical on-set kicking, toxic briefings to either Hedda Hopper or Louella Parsons, in the days when one snide columnist could make Hollywood careers, or break entire studios. And, when Joan Crawford died of a heart attack in her early 70s, Associated Press telephoned Bette Davis to ask for her reaction.
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The League of Gentlemen: did the revival work?

From its Brexit undertones and resurrection of Legz Akimbo, to Pauline’s precious pens and the return of Pop, the three-night trip return to Royston Vasey packed a lot in. How was it for you?

The return to Twin Peaks might have proved 2017’s televisual highlight for many fans of more out-there TV, but coming up the rear (quite literally in the case of those Peri-Peri olives) was a welcome revival to the UK’s own kookiest community: Royston Vasey. With such a wealth of characters to revisit, we barely have space to even mention Luigi’s plight at the hands of Stella, Scott, Charlie and Gordon’s complex multi-sexual love quadrangle … or the exploding hedgehog. With that said, I’ve done my best to round up the top five moments.

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The League Of Gentlemen series 4 episode 2 review: Save Royston Vasey

Catherine Pearson Dec 19, 2017

There's more comedy brilliance from The League Of Gentlemen in part two of the new episodes. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.2 Save Royston Vasey

The credits have rolled on the second instalment of The League Of Gentlemen’s Christmas Special and, cor, where to start? The tone of the episode is considerably different from the first, as instead of reintroducing much-loved characters the show is now neck-deep in drama. Terrible deeds are afoot and everyone is in their own personal hell, be it living with trauma or in a literal living death.

One character we do get to see for the first time since the early noughties is Ollie Plimsolls, and boy is it good to have him back… although he does seem to have an axe to grind where
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The League of Gentlemen review – Royston Vasey: just as terrifying as ever

Edward and Tubbs are squatting, and the jobcentre has been relocated. Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson have had fun deciding what the years have done to their monsters

Benjamin Denton and his Auntie Val are coming back to Royston Vasey. As we are too, 15 years on, for a three-part, three-night The League of Gentlemen (BBC Two) 20th birthday celebration. No Uncle Harvey – he has (not so) sadly died. They are coming back for the funeral.

The creepy girls, Chloe and Radclyffe, are still there in the house, but much older now. “Hello, Benjamin, it’s nice to see you again,” they say creepily, in unison, like the twins from The Shining who inspired them. “We’ve had no one to play with, for years and years and years.”

Continue reading...
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The League Of Gentlemen series 4 episode 1 review: Return To Royston Vasey

Catherine Pearson Dec 18, 2017

The League Of Gentlemen is back with comedy writing at its finest - sinister, tragic and very, very funny. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Return To Royston Vasey

League Of Gentlemen fans rejoice! The dark comedy that first hit our screens in 1999 is back, and while our beloved Royston Vasey has had to move with the times a bit, it’s still a dilapidated cesspit home to some of our much-loved oddballs. Come and join the celebration. We’re all local here…

What a way to begin the much-anticipated reunion of writers Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. Just as he did 18 years previously, Benjamin sits on the train and reads a message from his off-the-wall Auntie Val. This time, he’s not holding a letter but a smart phone and,
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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 episode 4 review: A Life Earned

Marc Buxton Dec 18, 2017

The cosmic Shield saga gets even more intense as an old friend returns and Mack is tested like never before. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.4 A Life Earned

Whoa, now that’s an ending. In a week where the future of the Marvel Universe is on everyone’s mind thanks to the Fox/Disney merger, Marvel’s Agents Of Shield delivers an episode that reminds fans that the present rocks as well. This week, we get treated to a look into the heart and mind of Deke, a look into the damage done to Mack after he left the Framework, a battle that Agent May might not have survived, and the return of an old friend.
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Netflix UK scoop up a whole bunch of shows

Kirsten Howard Dec 15, 2017

Netflix UK is adding more TV shows in January than previously planned, including new DC series Black Lightning...

Netflix UK seem to have a bit of cash left over in their 2017 budget, as they've decided to grab a handful of extra shows to drop in January 2018.

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The streaming giant's UK base has announced that The CW's latest DC series Black Lightning will be coming to your telly box next month, if you're looking for a new superhero outing to take a chance on. That'll premiere on 23rd January.

Period drama Underground has also been snagged, along with Outsiders, another drama that focuses on a group of isolationist mountain folk. Both were cancelled
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Capcom wants to bring more classic games to Nintendo Switch

Matthew Byrd Dec 18, 2017

Street Fighter and Resident Evil publisher Capcom wants to bring classic games to the Nintendo Switch...

Capcom is looking to bring even more of their classic games to the Nintendo Switch

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According to Dr Serkan Toto, CEO of Kantan Games, Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto told Japanese publication The Nikkei that "the home + portable console concept works better than expected and that Capcom wants to port games to the Switch that were not available on Nintendo consoles previously."

Tsujimoto did not clarify which games that statement refers to. 

What we know for sure is that Capcom is working on a Switch port of the Mega Man Legacy Collections and the upcoming Mega Man X Collection.
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Ghost Stories review – Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse shine in dreamlike spookfest

Co-directed by Andy Nyman and The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, this three-part portmanteau horror turns out a disturbing, atmospheric fable

Ghost Stories is a barnstormer of an entertainment, a fairground ride with dodgy brakes. It’s an anthology of creepy supernatural tales in the intensely English tradition of Amicus portmanteau movies from the 1960s, such as Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, or the Ealing classic Dead of Night. Each story is made individually stranger and tinglier by the way the film allows you to notice an overarching narrative between them, becoming increasingly visible through the uncanny accumulation of coincidental detail.

Writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have adapted it from their colossally successful stage show: Nyman is the actor, writer and magician who has devised productions for Derren Brown; Jeremy Dyson is the actor, comedy writer and co-creator of The League of Gentlemen. I never saw Ghost Stories
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League Of Gentlemen, The Local Show For Local People, Returns to BBC

Brilliant news for fans of the comedic and horrific oddity The League of Gentlemen. Hinted at by its creators over the past few months the Beeb has officially announced that the show will return to Royston Vasey for three episodes. Mark Gatiss hinted at an anniversary special back in the Spring. Later, Reece Sheersmith chimed in early in the Summer, saying he was back to writing material for the show. The other two original members Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson are also returning. Pemberton told the Daily Mirror, “As it gets closer to a 20 year anniversary, and that’s coming up, we will want to mark that in some way. I think there is still an appetite for it, people still remember it,...

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The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to the BBC

Having been rumoured back in 2015, the BBC has now officially announced that the cult comedy The League of Gentlemen is set to return for three special new episodes in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

“I think there is still an appetite for it, people still remember it, we are all still great mates and I see no reason why not,” Steve Pemberton told the Daily Mirror, confirming that he will be reuniting with his co-creators Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith. “We won’t rush it, it’s something we want to go get it right.”

The League of Gentlemen originally launched on BBC Radio 4 back in 1997, before making the jump to the small screen for three series on BBC Two between 1999 and 2002. As yet, it’s unclear when we can expect the new episodes to air.

Meanwhile, Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, has also confirmed that Steve Coogan
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