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BBC Ghost Stories: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968 + 2010)+
A film by Jonathan Miller (1968) Andy De Emmony (2010)
As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of M R James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010.
These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles by their legions of eager fans.
Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)
A film by Jonathan Miller
When a sceptical professor, played with eccentric intensity in a brilliant performance by Michael Hordern, finds an old whistle on a Norfolk beach he unleashes a horrifying monster from the depths of his psyche
Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010)
A film by Andy de Emmony
In this 2010 rendering of M R James celebrated ghost story, John Hurt plays James Parkin, a lonely retiree who has left his wife in a nursing home. Troubled by this turn of events, he visits their old holiday haunt, but discovery of a mysterious ring on the beach sparks a series of ghostly encounters and disturbing nightmares which refuse to disappear in the cold light of day.
Atmospheric and emotive, this modern adaptation brings a fascinating new interpretation to an endlessly creepy yarn.
UK | 1968 + 2010 | black & white and colour | English language | 42 minutes + 52 minutes | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 and 2.35:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | Region 2 DVD
very good value, not so long ago this was an expensive item to purchase due to it being a rare film. lots of extras as wellPublished 16 months ago by M. Wilkinson
Bought this for my son who really loved the BBC adaption with John Hurt and had been going on about getting a copy of the DVD so I thought it would be a good present especially as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kef Morgan
Having enjoyed all the other titles in the series immensely I must admit that my dislike of the original 1968 version of Whistle & I'll come to you came as a huge surprise. Read morePublished 24 months ago by SllaB war deR
others sat in a chair. quite crap to be honest. its not played like a short film. 30 quid ive wasted here.Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by tango
Every Christmas they have a ghost story, this is such a good scary one that must be watched and it's great that you get the original one. Good price.Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by anita bertola
I was brought up with M. R. James' wonderful stories - as well as others in the same genre such as the collections of Lady Cynthia Asquith. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Phil
This includes both the 1968 and 2010 adaptations of the classic M.R. James ghost story and is worth it for the former alone which makes stunning use of the Norfolk coast's desolate... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by ReadInBed