2.9 stars. Feels decidedly out of place as a 'Ghost Story for Christmas', but would have made an eerie edition of 'Hammer's House of Horrors'. Clark's gift was surely for people within rural landscapes, which the domestic setting rather restricts here. However, the somewhat lurid material is approached with a straightforward serious-mindedness which is rather charming! Intriguing undercurrents of teenage black magik.
Modern folk horror with unexplained bleeding and death and a skeleton unearthed in the backgarden following the moving of a large stone - presumably disturbing an ancient spirit. This was a strange choice for a Christmas themed short drama, but has a nostalgic quality to it and I felt captured moments of paranoia and terror whilst in a domestic setting admirably.
A rather simple extraction of the familiar disturbance-of-evil motif with no attempt to explore or explain, just a straightforward trajectory from discovery to dispatch. However, it achieves that with single mindedness and a cool economy of means. As an aside this was Christmas viewing on BBC1 when first broadcast - could such a small act of superbly naughty juxtaposition be possible in these more formulaic times?