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on 6 October 2011

1920's England. Two couples challenge eachother to a car race during a party. One of the cars stops but the other carries on, getting lost in the mist shrouded countryside. Billy(Stewart Bevan) goes looking for petrol as the cars engine is empty, Daphne(Veronica Carlson) waits in the car. When Billy does not return, Daphne makes her way to the country house of Dr. Lawrence(Peter Cushing). She is greeted warmly, but her hosts seem to be whispering a lot to eachother, and Daphne is about to learn to her cost the dark secrets of the house in the country, secrets as far away from 1920's England as you can imagine...
This film is one of three horror films directed by Freddie Francis for the short lived Tyburn film productions, the others being the rather dull Legend Of The Werewolf, and the mean spirited and nasty psychological horror Persecution. The Ghoul is by far the best of the three films.
In fact, The Ghoul has a lot going for it. There is a nice period detail to the fashion and the sets, this being a Freddie Francis film it of course looks great, quite an atmosphere is built up by just panning through the empty rooms of Lawrence's house, haunting music playing in the background and there are a couple of really great performances, one from Peter Cushing as the tormented Lawrence, the other from John Hurt as the completely unhinged Rawlings.
This was a film that used to appear regularily on terrestrial television in the 1980's. Like so many other British horrors from thar period it has now virtually disappeared from the tv schedules. A shame, as it's not likely to recieve an official dvd release in the near future.
A couple of reasons I can't quite call this film a classic of British horror. First of all, there is the very underwhelming closing scenes, when the Ghoul finally is fully seen, having been glimpsed up to now half lit in the shadows, it turns out to be Don Henderson, playing an adult baby in an over large nappy. So what should have been a rather moving scene descends into farce and unintentional hilarity. Also the decision to cast Gwen Watford as the Indian housekeeper grates a little, this was the mid 1970's after all, surely they could have cast an Indian actress.
However, these are minor grumbles, as for the most part 'The Ghoul' is a very entertaining horror that tries to emulate the Hammer glories from the past. It is to Freddie Francis's credit that it mainly succeeds. 4 out of 5.
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on 2 September 2015
Still not available either on DVD or Blu ray, but when you're dealing with a company as unprofessional and hot headed as Tyburn that is to be expected. The Ghoul then has rarely been seen to a larger audience which is a shame as this is a great little horror film. Peter Cushing in one of his final horror roles plays a man of the manor who lives deep out in the woods because he is hiding the fact this his son is a ghoul. His son needs human flesh and him and his servant from India wait patiently for passersby.

John Hurt is great as Cushing's right hand but dopey man- think Ygor from the old Frankenstein movies. The movie is set in the 1920s and has a good chilly atmosphere about it. The movie is a slow burner but it creates a good taste of what is to come.

On another note this film could also be seen as a loving tribute to Cushing's wife, Helen. She is featured throughout in a picture and it's clear that Cushing was involved in some scripting- the very final scene reflects Cushing's life at this time.

The Ghoul needs a proper release and let's hope we get it, a very good movie indeed.
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on 4 March 2015
The Ghoul is an absolute classic and must have i know it's a very rare find specially the uk version, the ghoul has all the elements of a hammer and amicus movie but not released by them and followed by a magnificent cast specially peter cushing, i was very surprised to find this vhs tape on here and as its the uk version too very rare so i was really happy to find this as i been looking for a long time for this. The video tape and box including cover was in mint condition and well looked after so i am really happy with it plus very good seller
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on 29 December 2014
great peter cushing film legend
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on 25 April 2011
Difficult to get hold of video and was sent promptly. VHS quaility was OK. The actual film was OK but not one of Hammer's Best, or Peter Cushings best performances either, but entertaining for a collector.
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on 13 June 2013
Not suprised that this film was never ever released on DVD - ABSOLUTE RUBBISH.
Peter Cushing made a mistake appearing in this film. SHOCKING.
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