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Ghost Stories (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 20 April 2018 (USA)
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Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

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Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Nyman ... Professor Goodman
Martin Freeman ... Mike Priddle
Paul Whitehouse ... Tony Matthews
Alex Lawther ... Simon Rifkind
Paul Warren ... Woolly
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ... Father Emery
Nicholas Burns ... Mark van Rhys
Louise Atkins Louise Atkins ... Steph
Lesley Harcourt ... BBC Local Newsreader
Amy Doyle ... Esther Goodman
Deborah Wastell ... Mrs. Goodman
Daniel Hill ... Mr. Goodman
Christine Dalby ... Beth Hooper
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Jean Hooper
Joe Osborne Joe Osborne ... Mr. Rifkind
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Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

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Be careful what you believe in. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historias de ultratumba See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,972, 22 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$135,095, 24 May 2018
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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the West End play by League of Gentleman writer Jeremy Dyson. See more »

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Simon Rifkind: I don't want people looking at me thinking I'm mad.
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The cinematic equivalent of an insecure magician begging to be admired
18 March 2018 | by rabbitmoonSee all my reviews

A strange one this and its complex to explain why it doesn't quite work. When it comes to british writing, I personally admire the likes of Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris, Peter Baynham, Gervais/Merchant, Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright, or Charlie Brooker - substance, satire and sharp wit, which the latter few can also deliver in a way that can also be extremely suspenseful and/or horrific (Black Mirror). Either way, its substantial, stimulating and entertaining. Then there's Jeremy Dyson and the League of Gentlemen - which can be witty and clever, but as with Pemberton/Sheersmith's Inside No 9, sometimes veers into clever-cleverness that often cancels out any substance it builds with annoyingly unnecessary twists (e.g the Apocalypse film which was a bit insufferable). Similarly, Andy Nymans writing for Derren Brown (particularly the live shows) often suffers the same fate - the purity of an effect is buried with endless climaxes until Derren is practically on his knees squealing "but that's not all! It gets even cleverer! Love me!"

Ghost Stories starts OK - a nice vibe about beliefs, debunking and all that good stuff. Then some routine, familiar spooky nonsense (where Alex Lawther has an absolute stand-out performance that will distract you into wishing the whole film was about his character). Then it convolutes its twists over and over until it dissipates into nothing, and is about nothing. The writers were clearly impressed by The Usual Suspects, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Shutter Island and a bunch of other movies, and it feels like they're more interested in imitating to be impressive for the sake of their egos rather than delivering something substantial and memorable. Yes its clever, yes its technically proficient and well crafted, but boy does it revel and wallow in its slavery to being twisty. It really is like sitting through a long, annoying card trick where half way through you realise its all about them wanting to be praised. I felt more like I'd had my patience and high expectations used against me in a cheap trick, rather than been delivered a 'state of wonder'. The central character (played by Nyman) just isn't interesting or engaging enough to care about. Its good, and watchable, but a bit irritating once it all starts to unravel.


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