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The Enfield Haunting 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Horror | TV Mini-Series (2015)
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In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.
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Timothy Spall ...  Maurice Grosse 3 episodes, 2015
Eleanor Worthington-Cox ...  Janet Hodgson 3 episodes, 2015
Juliet Stevenson ...  Betty Grosse 3 episodes, 2015
Fern Deacon ...  Margaret Hodgson 3 episodes, 2015
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Peggy Hodgson 3 episodes, 2015
Elliot Kerley Elliot Kerley ...  Billy Hodgson 3 episodes, 2015
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Guy Playfair 3 episodes, 2015
Struan Rodger ...  Joe Watson / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Charles Furness Charles Furness ...  Simon 2 episodes, 2015
Joey Price Joey Price ...  Johnny Hodgson 2 episodes, 2015
Simon Chandler ...  Professor Beloff 2 episodes, 2015
Amanda Lawrence ...  Lindy Craine 2 episodes, 2015
Sean Francis ...  Ray 2 episodes, 2015
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In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.

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The actual poltergeist was a male called Bill Wilkins but writers changed the name for the TV show as they wanted to add dramatic change to his life story. See more »

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During the series, the type ringing the phones make is consistently wrong,"trim phones", the type that appear in The Enfield Haunting make trill buzzing sound, not, a bell ring. See more »

Connections

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Poltergeist pushed to the sidelines again.
22 May 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Enfield Poltergeist was, to many of us growing up in 1970s Britain, a terrifying story. Between 1977 and 1979, a council house in Enfield, England, was supposedly the home to a poltergeist, the definition of which is noisy ghost. The main focus of the poltergeist activity was towards young Janet Hodgson, giving some credence to the experts belief that poltergeists hone in on pre-pubescent teenagers. The events at the house caused a media storm, enticing specialists, believers and sceptics to visit and fuel a fire that still simmers away today.

Interestingly the title of this British production has it right, in that calling it a haunting at least doesn't lie to the viewers. As with Tobe Hooper's 1982 film, Poltergeist, the presence of a poltergeist spirit is pretty much a side-bar to another story, where Hooper's film went off to another dimension, Kristoffer Nyholm & Joshua St Johnston's film here dials into grief and absent parents, then choosing to grab demonic possession and mediums for its big shocks.

Many liberties have been taken with the facts, with added outside interests brought in to flesh a story out. Though the core essence of the story, the suspicions of truth etc, remain. The Enfield Haunting is a grand and unsettling production, undeniably scary for those that buy into the possibility of a haunting of this type being real. The performances are led by quality thespians, Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson, both of whom play grief and distress with a shattering conviction, and young Eleanor Worthington Cox as Janet is a bundle of exciting promise. Period detail is first class, though the house used here is some way away from the actual house of the events, while the opening credits are superb, even if they only tantalise as regards the alleged events in the girls' bedroom and disappointingly don't form part of this story.

If this pic has longevity of interest in its own land, or even being capable of garnering interest away from the shores of the UK? Is tricky to say at this point. Because ultimately it plays out with familiar horror conventions, like it's cashing in on the recent cravings for Conjuring and Insidious kinks. Ironically, the team behind The Conjuring have reconvened to make a sequel - about The Enfield Poltergeist. Now I wonder if that one will actually be about a poltergeist... 8/10


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