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BBC4 Ghost Stories For Christmas
« on: November 27, 2008, 08:04:59 am »
No, it's not MR James again. This year, BBC4 have commissioned something new, from Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen / Lucifer Box). CROOKED HOUSE looks gratifyingly similar to the Amicus portmanteaux horrors beloved of all right-minded folk, and you can read about it here:

http://tinyurl.com/4gto5n

and here

http://tinyurl.com/5w9l3l

and here!

http://tinyurl.com/6bnyhy

Can't wait...

Steve

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Re: BBC4 Ghost Stories For Christmas
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 10:59:43 pm »
This promises to be great. I can't wait to see it. Nothing says 'Christmas' like a good ghost story.

And Derron Brown is in it!

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Re: BBC4 Ghost Stories For Christmas
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 10:05:10 am »
Two episodes in, and CROOKED HOUSE, Mark Gatiss' new portmanteau horrorshow for Christmas, is proving well worth the wait. The first two episodes were aired on Monday and Tuesday night on BBC4, and they were great: a fine cast playing it pretty much straight (slight pun intended), in well-shot, well-written period ghosty stories containing just the right dose of knowingness - i.e., just enough to acknowledge the traditions of the genre, while in no way detracting from the scariness of the plot. The last episode goes out tonight, but you can catch them all shown back-to-back on Saturday. Do so, if you possibly can.

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Re: BBC4 Ghost Stories For Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 11:51:47 am »
Agreed - I'd highly recommend this too. I've only watched the first story so far (other recorded, ready to watch later) but I've been most impressed. Somehow, Gatiss has managed to mix the old with the new wonderfully - a bang up-to-date theme (credit crunch in the first story) in a historical setting. It's a wonderful tribute to Lawrence Gordon Clark's MR James Ghost Stories for Christmas and also the Amicus portmanteu films. Works well on all levels - no gore, just scary by suggestion. Well worth catching the omnibus if you've missed it so far!
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Re: BBC4 Ghost Stories For Christmas
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2008, 10:54:18 pm »
Loved it. Glad I caught the Omnibus version, too, as it had a few extra bits not seen in the episodic version, mainly in the linking scenes with the curator, but also a few extra moments in the first story and at the end.