A decent adaptation of the wonderful ghost story by M. R. James. Getting rid of the multi-layered narrative makes sense, but adding Dr. Black is unnecessary and contrived, not to mention that the guardian doesn't seem at all mysterious. What puts this above the usual TV movie oeuvre is the camera work that heightens the creepy atmosphere. The scene in the dark room is especially memorable.
3.7 stars. Half-way between the banal and the eldritch. I found it all a little too concrete... which is odd considering how impressionistic it is. I liked the absolute darkness of the night-time scenes and the point where shore meets sky. Though it's based upon a better James story than 'Whistle and I'll Come to You', there's nothing in this to rival the horror of that final revelation in Miller's earlier film.