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The Ghoul (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 August 2017 (UK)
A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

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Gareth Tunley

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Credited cast:
Tom Meeten ... Chris
Alice Lowe ... Kathleen
Rufus Jones ... Coulson
Niamh Cusack ... Fisher
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Morland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Eyres ... Drez (as James Eyres Kenward)
Olivia Greene Olivia Greene ... Other Woman
Paul Kaye ... Tommy Parnell
Sean Reynard Sean Reynard ... Party Guest
Waen Shepherd ... Gav
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Jim (as Dan Skinner)
Rachel Stubbings Rachel Stubbings ... Maria
Joshua Topp Joshua Topp ... Danny
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A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

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Psychological Horror, Chaos Magick, Time Loops.
3 November 2018 | by PairicSee all my reviews

The Ghoul (2017): A very British Horror Film bringing to mind both Kill List and A Dark Ritual among other recent works. Chris (Tom Meeten), an ex-cop is recruited by a detective Jim (Dan Skinner) and profiler Kathleen (Alice Lowe) to help investigate the murder of two psychotherapists. The main suspect is Coulson (Rufus Jones), their landlord; Chris moves to London and goes undercover to trail him. Finding that Coulson has himself gone into psychotherapy after the incident, Chris feigns depression and is referred to Coulson's psychotherapist, Dr Fisher (Niamh Cusack).

The narrative then takes a strange twist as Chris tells Fisher that he is unemployed but often daydreams that he is assisting the police as an undercover operative. Indeed he meets with both Kathleen and Jim (a couple) who are his friends from university but they are respectively a teacher and a drinks sales rep. Dr Fisher falls ill and both Coulson and Chris (who in the meantime have become acquaintances) have a new therapist: Dr Morland (Geoffrey McGivern). It is difficult to tell which sequence of events experienced by Chris is the real one as he seems to fall further into existenial despair. Was he ever even a policeman? He has also carried a torch for Kathleen since their college days.

A dark film which mixes elements of Chaos Magick in with time loops and psychological terror. Director and writer Gareth Tunley has added to the Canon of New British Horror with this drama which delivers a few twists and surprises. 8/10.


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