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Ghostwatch (1992)

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 ... See full summary »

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Lesley Manning

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Stephen Volk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parkinson ... Michael Parkinson - Presenter
Sarah Greene Sarah Greene ... Sarah Greene - Reporter
Mike Smith Mike Smith ... Mike Smith - Phone-in Presenter
Craig Charles ... Craig Charles - Interviewer
Gillian Bevan Gillian Bevan ... Dr Lin Pascoe
Brid Brennan ... Pamela Early
Michelle Wesson Michelle Wesson ... Suzanne Early
Cherise Wesson Cherise Wesson ... Kim Early
Chris Miller Chris Miller ... Cameraman
Mike Aiton Mike Aiton ... Sound Recordist
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis ... Alan Demescu
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... Yvonne Etherly
Katherine Stark Katherine Stark ... Wendy Stott
Derek Smee ... Arthur Lacey
Roger Tebb Roger Tebb ... Local TV Presenter
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Storyline

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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We don't want to give anybody sleepless nights.

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Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

BBC Online - Cult Vault

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Because the studio presenters were reacting to footage recorded weeks before, there are many instances where Sarah Greene will answer questions not asked to her yet or studio presenters will have to re-ask questions to fill gaps before someone will answer. See more »

Quotes

Local TV Presenter: Do you think Mr. Pipes has come to hurt you?
Kim Early: I think he's come to hurt everybody. I think he wants to do nasty things.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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The best of the "Reality Horror" genre
26 January 2005 | by IkanoKatoSee all my reviews

Thanks to a glowing review from Bad Movie Report.com and the fine folks at Cinefile Video in Los Angeles, I was able to get my hands on a PAL DVD of this classic and it was worth it. I'm a genre aficionado so I've already seen "Blair Witch" (incredibly overrated) and "Cannibal Holocaust" (also incredibly overrated) so I'm pretty much immune to the Hype Machine, whether it be from Mainstream Establishment or Indie Film Webnerds. Also, I didn't grow up in the UK with the myth and legend that sprouted like kudzu from bootleg videos or traumatic childhood memories. I went into "Ghostwatch" with no real expectations and I can honestly say it delivers. It's easily the best horror movie I've seen in years.

The film starts harmlessly enough and its actually kinda dull for the first 20m, but then the weirdness kicks in and it just escalates into a genuinely chilling finale. Now the movie was damn creepy to begin with but it becomes creepier on reflection with the subliminal appearances of the ghost and when you go back and freeze frame certain segments to see "Pipes" staring out at you, it makes you break out in goosebumps. It's similar to the urban myth of there being a ghost in "Three Men & A Baby"; that happened when I was in High School, and when I saw the shotgun and the kid...brrrrr! "Ghostwatch" is just like that.

Highly Recommended!


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