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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 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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Enter an unseen world of terror! 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:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,972, 22 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$135,095, 24 May 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Based on the West End play by League of Gentleman writer Jeremy Dyson. See more »

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Tony Matthews: You'll think I'm mad.
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The title card bursts onto the screen suddenly, accompanied by a screech, and is then scrunched up as if written on paper before being replaced by a series of long-lasting numbers. See more »

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Chilling and a little bit Hammer-House, but always entertaining...
2 April 2018 | by hughrcarsonSee all my reviews

Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, Ghost Stories focuses on a certain Professor Goodman (portrayed by Andy Nyman himself), a man who has found some level of career fame in exposing and debunking the work of fraudulent so-called psychics.

The arrival of a mysterious package one day from a famous TV psychic investigator from Goodman's own childhood era, Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne) - a man thought to be long dead and whose own disappearance years before had been shrouded in mystery - soon changes the course of Goodman's future work, dramatically.

It transpires that there are three ghostly mysteries that Cameron himself had wrestled with throughout his life, yet they remain unresolved to this day. It is Cameron's wish, in his old age, that Goodman should now investigate them and bring some much needed resolution to proceedings.

Armed with each of the case files, Goodman sets about tracking down the three key proponents, upon whose testimony these apparent other-worldly happenings are based.

Though somewhat shaken by his findings, Goodman's own innate scepticism leads him to believe that each of these cases can easily be explained away through the simple application of science and logic.

But sometimes it's the psychological uncertainties of our own minds that can provide the biggest clues when we seek to make sense of the seemingly inexplicable.

Dyson and Nyman's Ghost Stories works effectively for much of its duration as an apparently straight forward, slightly hammed-up spook-fest, though there is little by way of conclusions that can be garnered on face value from any of the three tales.

But alarm bells should begin to ring for the viewer when one considers that the first two tales are told from the perspective of a couple of characters who, despite ultimately finding themselves cornered by forces of evil and in apparently terminally hopeless predicaments, both still somehow manage to live to tell the tale. And it's only once the third tale reaches it's climactic 'conclusion' that events really start to take a peculiar twist, and Ghost Stories slips into an even more intriguing dimension altogether; one whose narrative slips and slides between apparently random events of varied illogic, yet one which ultimately helps to tie the film's pieces neatly and cleverly together.

There are a few passing parallels with landmark horror films of yesteryear. Elements of Poltergeist and The Blair Witch Project are apparent in places, but curiously it's a sort of tongue-in-cheek, 'hammer house' atmosphere that is most prevalent here. And although admittedly bearing little resemblance, content-wise, Roy Ward Baker's 1981 ghoulish and very British, twist-in-the-tale offering, The Monster Club, with its own lightly comical regaling of three haunting tales - is for me, somehow the film that I am most reminded of.

Certainly, within their own film, Dyson and Nyman are unafraid to administer generous doses of gallows humour in just the right places, and the casting of two chiefly comic actors in Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse - both of whom are excellent here - in two of the film's key roles, certainly helps with regard to this, whilst Nyman's own rather more straight portrayal of a man with an emotionally-scarred past, is equally impressive.

Whether it's to be considered a mysterious cognitive thriller or simply a ghostly shocker, either way, Ghost Stories is highly effective, lingering on in the memory the way all good cerebrally-challenging psychological horrors should.

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