Crooked House 2008

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The sinister history of an old manor house is brought to life in three spine-tingling, darkly comic ghost stories from the pen of Mark Gatiss ('The League of Gentlemen'). Finding an old door knocker in his garden, schoolteacher Ben (Lee Ingleby) discovers from local museum curator (Gatiss) that it came from the now demolished Tudor house 'Geap Manor', a house with a ghostly heritage. Three stories from the house's dark past follow: 'The Wainscoting' tells a Georgian tale of one of the house's first owners, who ignores the warnings of his friends; 'Something Old' relates to the 1920s, where a wedding rekindles ghostly apparitions; and finally, in 'The Knocker', Ben himself discovers that although it may be demolished, Geap Manor's presence can still be felt.

Starring:
Anna Madeley, Jean Marsh
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Anna Madeley, Jean Marsh, Samuel Barnett, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Derren Brown, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lee Ingleby, Mark Gatiss, Philip Jack
Director Damon Thomas
Genres Horror
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 19 October 2009
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Let me first make it clear the 3 stars are for the dvd not the actual content - for that I would award 5 stars without hesitation. Written by Mark Gattis (League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) Crooked house tells 3 tales about Geap Manor a house seeped in mystery and death. Originally this was a 3 part series but what those idiots who put out the dvd have done have edited it into an ominubus edition and removed some short scenes. To be fair these scenes are included in the deleated scenes special feature but why not release the series as it was shown in 3 parts ?

As I said before the programme content is excellent each story is well told and there are some genuine scares. The stories especially the first one with Philip Jackson (Poirot's Inspector Japp) are very much in the vein of M R James classic ghost stories. There are some nice special features including a "making of" and "what scares you" along with an enjoyable commentary with various cast and crew.

So a slightly dissapointing release of a very enjoyable series. I hope they make another series of Crooked House as there are other tales of Geap Manor waiting to be told.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Previously shown on BBC in 2008 this is now available to buy on this dvd. As the previous reviewer said, this has been slightly edited and made into one showing, but the bits are still there in the deleted scenes section. Written by the great Mark Gatiss there was originally only one half hour story written, but the BBC said that they wanted something that was longer ideally three parts, so in the end this was produced. A tale of a house and the hauntings that occur there, with a haunted door knocker that when placed on a new house means that sometimes you walk into the old house instead this is well thought out and acted, and there is more than a touch of M.R. James here. A great supernatural dvd that is a cut above most and will have you watching it again and again this will be a great addition to your supernatural/horror collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I dispute other reviews saying that (Crooked House [DVD] [2008]) has been spoilt by being made into a single film rather than its original 3 parts. If you look at the running time it is only a minute shorter (89 rather than the original 90 minutes) yet there is only one lot of credits. Anything edited out is in the "deleted scenes" if you want them, but I couldn't find out what the fuss is about. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 26 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
!!! WARNING. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!

History teacher Ben(Lee Ingleby) finds an old door knocker in his garden and interested in its origins, takes it to the curator of a local museum. The curator(Mark Gatiss) recognises it immediately as being the old door knocker from Geap Manor. After some cajoling from Ben, the curator relates the horrible history of the manor to his captivated audience. In the first story he tells, ruthless entrepreneur Joshua Bloxham(Philip Jackson) having recently moved into Geap Manor is making alterations to the interior. Hearing noises at night, he invests in a cat. When the noises continue, he soon finds out there are other things, apart from rodents that go bump in the night. In the second story, we reach 1927 and an announcement made at a party by foppish Felix(Ian Hallard) of his forthcoming marriage. However his bride-to-be starts seeing a mysterious shrouded figure in a wedding dress around the house. Only Felix's Grandmother Constance(Jean Marsh) knows the horrible truth, a truth that a gift of 'something old' to the bride soon brings out into the open. The third story, returning to the present day sees Ben return home with the door knocker, the curator allowing him to keep it. The knocker finds pride of place on Ben's front door. One night, Ben is awoken by a loud knocking at the door. He accidentially gets locked out of his house, but using the spare key he re-enters the house. He finds himself transported back to the beginnings of Geap Manor, where the original owner sowed the seeds of evil in the house by dabbling in the occult. Is the past reaching out to the present to threaten Ben.
I have finally managed to watch this, after missing it upon its original transmission.(Some of us do have to work at Christmas!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren M on 11 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
"Crooked House" is a 3 episode mini-series written by the brilliant Mark Gatiss, who also stars in it.

In brief, the series is about a teacher called Ben, who finds an old, and slightly sinister, door-knocker in his garden. He heads to the local museum in order to donate it, and ends up in conversation with Mark Gatiss' curator, who is something of an expert on the rather frightening history of the house the knocker belonged to.

Each episode is set in a different time period, which I liked very much - the first is in the 18th Century, the second in the late 1920s and the third in the present day. Each is well acted and brilliantly written, and I was particularly impressed by the authentic 1920s slang used in the second episode.

If, like me, you love horror but do not like too much gore, this is perfect. It is a very classy, old-fashioned ghost story, in the style of writers like M. R. James, hence the most bloody parts of the 3 tales are implied rather than actually shown.

In short, I recommend this completely! It is very well acted, very well written and very, very creepy.
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