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The Tractate Middoth (2013)

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 »

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... Mary Simpson
... John Eldred
... Mrs. Goundry
... Dr. Rant
... Hodgson
... William Garrett
... George Earle
... Rant's Ghost
... Miss Chambers
Charlie Clemmow ... Anne Simpson
... Labourer
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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 called 'The Tractate Middoth' but a mysterious cloaked figure takes the book from the shelves and Eldred panics and leaves. On a second attempt to find the book Garrett is confronted by the mysterious borrower, a rotting ghost, the encounter causing him to faint. He goes to the seaside to recover and, by coincidence, stays with Mrs Simpson and her daughter. He learns that she is the cousin of Eldred, who cheated her out of an inheritance when Rant died though a will in her favour was actually made and hidden in the pages of the Tractate Middoth . Eldred finally obtains the book but Rant, witnessed by Garrett, exacts vengeance from beyond the grave. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A quality Ghost story.
26 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

The original collection of stories from the Seventies on the whole were great productions, each penned by the great M. R. James, sad;y they came to an end, thankfully in 2013 Mark Gatiss decided to adapt The Tractate Middoth. It is a super smart story, so much is crammed into the limited thirty five minute running time. It's slick, eerie, and best of all manages to capture the DNA of the original episodes, it could have easily been a failed bolt on to the series, but it feels very much a part of it. The acting is terrific, John Castle and Sacha Dhawan in particular give superb performances. The direction is slick and the special effects pretty good also. There is a great twist in the ending, it feels like it could have easily come from the Seventies. Really enjoyed, 8/10


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