Secret Of Crickley Hall 2012

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Joe Ahearne writes and directs this three-part TV adaptation of James Herbert's ghostly novel. A year after their young son Cabe goes missing without trace, Eve (Suranne Jones) and Gabe (Tom Ellis) Caleigh decide a change of scene would help, and set out with their daughters for what they hope will be the rustic delights of Crickley Hall. Shortly after arriving in the Devonshire village of Devil's Cleave, however, the family start to experience strange paranormal events, which somehow seem to be linked to the disappearance of their son. As the story continues to unfold, both in the past and the present day, the Caleigh's soon come to realise that the darkly gothic mansion possesses a secret evil from which they can't escape.

Starring:
Suranne Jones, Sarah Smart
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 56 minutes
Starring Suranne Jones, Sarah Smart, Donald Sumpter, Douglas Henshall, Iain De Caestecker, David Warner, Tom Ellis
Director Joe Ahearne
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 3 December 2012
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Miracle 2011 on 29 Nov. 2012
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Having been a huge fan of James Herbert since the days of "The Rats", I was engulfed with enthusiasm when I first read about the cast that had been brought together for "The Secret of Crickley Hall". TV Mini-Series based on horror novels always play better than theatrical movies. Stephen King's IT, Desperation, The Shining, Rose Red, etc, etc....
Eve, Gabe (Suranne Jones, Tom Ellis) and their children Loren, Cam and Cally, live in London until Cam goes missing. Eve falls asleep for a few seconds at a playground and he disappears. Nearly a year later, Gabe suggests relocating the family to the North, hoping a change of scenery will give Eve some comfort, as they all still cling to the hope that Cam may be alive. When they first arrive at Crickley Hall, they meet Percy Judd (David Warner) who worked there during the war; he seems concerned for their children. They start to settle in but before long, strange things start to happen at the house. They hear people, Cally claims to have been hit by a man with a cane and their dog runs away in terror. In the house Eve hears her missing son's voice for the first time in a year. He says he is alive and the children can tell her where he is. After Loren suffers a terrifyingly real nightmare where she gets whipped by the man with the cane, Gabe wants them all to leave, but Eve can't bear to abandon her son.
This terrifying story is spliced together through flashbacks (in chronological order) with a back-story from 1943: Crickley Hall is an orphanage for children evacuated from the Blitz. Nancy (Olivia Cooke) is interviewed for the position of `tutor' by Magda (Sarah Smart), sister of Augustus Cribben (Douglas Henshall) who runs the orphanage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2012
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I must admit I read the novel of this when it came out some years ago, and although not the best that James Herbert has written over the years, this is still an enjoyable piece of horror. I must admit that the cast put on a sterling and believable performance in this, especially Suranne Jones and Olivia Cooke, who were both outstanding.

Although classed under horror this is more in keeping with the supernatural haunted house stories that were very popular in Victorian and Edwardian times, and I wonder if the director and production crew bore this in mind when making this. This could of been poorly done with too many special effects, but fortunately these were kept to a minimum, and were only used where necessary. The story swings between the past and present, and works very well in the setting.

This is something that is ideal for a spooky viewing especially with winter upon us (and not lets forget it is this time of year when traditionally ghost stories came into their own). This should be enjoyable for James Herbert fans, and would make a good Christmas present.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mandi R. Martin on 16 Sept. 2013
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I must say I was not sure when I was bought this as I am a big fan of the book and I am sceptical of TV adaptations. For the most part I was pleasantly surprised. It was well cast and the setting was ideal.
The story was as chilling as the book and kept you watching, the children were very well acted which can be unusual for their ages, I really felt for poor Stefan.
Sadly I found the ending a bit of a let down, without posting huge spoilers I will only say that changing it from the original ending was a poor move, it may have made it somewhat happier but it hadn't the hard hit that the book had. That is the only reason it loses a star, if I had not already read the book I would probably not be so critical! However it is a good production and will certainly be watched again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 3 Oct. 2014
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I found this thoroughly engaging even though I generally shy away from any series or film where cruelty to children is evident. There was a sincerity to the actors and the ghost was a (dare I say) wonderfully malevolent character and force. I don't want to offer any spoilers but the twists near the end were excellent. The only line I disliked was "you can change" simply because that is so trite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By buyingman on 20 Jan. 2015
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I could sum this TV Mini-Series up in a handful of words corruption, abusive, scary & entertaining. I watched this on the BBC when it aired. It scared me very much. I bought the DVD recently because I wanted to watch it again and I found the series quite interesting in the fact it mirrors the past & present. For anyone who loves a good pshycological thriller this is the DVD for you!!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Reviewer on 8 Dec. 2012
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Finally, something worth watching on British TV! Crickley Hall offers us all the elements of a classic old-fashioned ghost story. Nick of time savings, drama and added to that poignant acting. It's tastefully done too. Noone needs to see the bloated, decomposing body of the little boy - something that the shock-obsessed, grotesqueness of modern TV 'entertainment' seems to think we must want - instead the revelation is done the 'old' way, left to our imagination. It's a bit slow-moving at times, and a bit silly now and again, especially in Episode 3, but all in all, it's a very enjoyable story and worth watching.
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By Miss L on 16 May 2015
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I loved this story when James Herbert first published it. In fact I have it on both audio and book format. I really enjoyed this solid tv version. Adaptions of James's books are hit and miss but this is a hit! Brilliantly produced and acted you shouldnt miss it. Fingers crossed the BBC may adapt more of this wonderful writers books!
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