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5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Adaption of MR James, 28 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Whistle And I'll Come To You [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
To me, MR James is perhaps the finest of all ghost story writers, and it's not an easy feat to replicate his chilling and subtle (yet still very nasty) methods on the screen, but it can be done. This short film succeeds mainly in its use of the bleak, lonely and windswept coastal landscape, superbly shot in black and white and wisely avoiding any background music, instead relying on the authentic sighing of the wind and ever-present sounds of the sea. The original story is here only in passing, and Horden's alarmingly wonderful comic creation will be unfamiliar to James's readers (but perfectly acted). The moments of unease in the film - the faceless figure on the beach, the loneliness of Parkin, the dream sequence, are handled with restraint. It's a nice little film, not terrifying but occasionally unsettling, often wickedly amusing, and never less than interesting. The DVd wins major points for its extra features: Ramsey Campbell talks about MR James and then gives a welcome reading of one of his own James-influenced tales. There's also a reading of the original James story for anyone who doesn't already know it. If you're a lover of ghost stories, or are looking for genuine chills you will thank me for recommending MR James to you, get to know his work as soon as you can.
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