As a rule, I’m disinterested in films that spend the majority of the runtime lying to the viewer, but the bread crumbs are numerous here so at least it’s well done. The three tales just aren’t terribly interesting and are all variations of the same thing. I can see how this would be a far more captivating theatrical experience.
Excellent brit chiller filled with a depressing and oppressing atmosphere. The actors bring their A-game and creators Dyson and Nyman show that they have the genre acumen to really adhere and subvert the genre trope to great effect. While it may start out deceptively simple it takes many left turns leaving the viewer on the edge until the final horrific gut punch. Plus points for Ilfman's dramatic score! See it!!!
Pitched as an anthology horror in the tradition of Ealing's Dead of Night, Ghost Stories eventually expands into something more provocative. While the general nature of the initial cases & the over-reliance on jump-scares seem to promise only modest thrills, it's the third act & its daring dismantling of the fourth wall that opens the film up to a more psychological interpretation & moments of terrifying surrealism.
I enjoy a good British horror and Ghost Stories does fit the bill. I was excited to see Nyman (who I've recently watched in Campus) in such a serious role, and see Freeman play such as major role. However, the comedy is far from timeless and the plot is striking similarity to another film. Thankfully not much of a jump-scare movie but with some jarring moments. Something I would love to have seen on the stage!