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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 being given 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 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 being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

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The brain sees what it wants to see. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Stories 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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Nyman (Prof Goodman) previously appeared in The Woman in Black (1989), another film about ghosts. See more »

Quotes

Simon Rifkind: If I can just understand it, then... everything will be alright.
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The production logos play over the sound of dripping water and someone struggling to breathe. See more »

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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Daddy's Got Meow Meow The Lullaby
Written by Haim Frank Ilfman
Performed by Katherine Liner and The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Ghost Stories uses its anthology structure to create chilling thrills.
9 April 2018 | by TheMovieDioramaSee all my reviews

British horrors are hit and miss with me, some are excessively uneasy to watch ('Eden Lake') whilst others are suitably atmospheric ('The Descent'). So when I saw the trailer to Ghost Stories, I immediately tempered expectations but what I saw increasingly intrigued me. The end result...was not what I predicted. A professor who takes pride at debunking psychic frauds, is given a task by his role model. He must investigate three unexplainable cases that challenge the existence of supernatural entities. An intriguing premise that will appeal to many, its execution however may not. Structuring its narrative through three short stories, each with a paranormal theme, whilst intertwining the cases into a coherent investigation. Combining real life conditions, such as stress, depression and loneliness, with a ghostly undertone certainly translates "the brain sees what it wants you to see" theme very well. The three cases themselves were convincingly atmospheric as they injected much needed chills and thrills to this horror flick. The main story itself, although basic, was ambiguously surreal and will leave you guessing right up to the final reveal. The acting was splendid from the whole cast, particularly Whitehouse and Lawther, hosting an array of British accents. Was it scary? No. Every single scare was accompanied with a piercing loud noise to ensure that you jump. That's not frightening, that's damn irritating! The makeup effects of the poltergeists were lacklustre. The second case should've been much scarier, but instead was rather hilarious. "Staaay!"...yeah, I wished you did. Could've enhanced the horror some more. Then we get to the ending, which is possibly one of the surrealist safest endings I've ever seen. The breadcrumbs throughout the film were intelligently positioned, but I feel it followed the same premise as an all too famous 1995 film (I won't say the title, it'll spoil it). The film is intelligently creepy, it's just not scary and it's conclusion didn't deliver any impact for me.


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