This welcome release of two made-for-TV supernatural short films features well written and expertly directed adaptations of short stories by Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Taylor. 'The Ferryman' (1974), Amis's tale, very reminiscent of his supernatural novel "The Green Man", stars the talented Jeremy Brett as a youngish writer, who has some decidedly unpleasant "literary" adventures as he goes to a country house hotel for a break and finds it very reminiscent of the location of his latest hit novel. This beautifully constructed 50 mt film which revells in the follies of the publishing world so central to Amis's own life, has some excellent atmosphere and very solid performances from the fine supporting cast. 'Poor Girl' (1974), based on the Elizabeth Taylor's story, tells of an Edwardian governess, played by Lynne Miller, who has some equally unpleasant visions in another "old dark house". Even more ambitious than The Ferryman its period detail and location coupled with an extraordinarily daring psycho-sexual plot reminiscent of Henry James's The Turn of The Screw ensure this is certainly not a traditional ghost story but rather a decidedly perverse and memorable tale in its own right. Although both pieces are clearly dated, and with very variable and unrestored picture quality, ( Poor Girl is by far the better print) these atmospheric adaptations, originally released over the Christmas period, are rare little gems and equally appropriate viewing for the dark autumn night's leading up to Halloween! They demonstrate just how imaginative British television once was and what you could achieve on limited budgets, and without CGI, if your script, direction and actors were all first rate!