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A disappointing adaption,
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This review is from: Ghost Stories from the BBC: A View From a Hill / Number 13 (DVD) (DVD)
To anyone unfamiliar with M.R.James' wonderful ghost stories, these television presentations are reasonably enjoyable. However, to anyone who has known (and been chilled by) the James' version of these two stories, the result is deeply disappointing. All the highlights of the two stories, which made them so terrifyingly memorable, have disappeared; the hideous howling of the entity in Room 13 which only appears at night, for example, or the glimpse of the same evil figure as it peers out of the window of its phantom room. Gone too is the key scene where the disturbed hotel guests and staff are debating attacking the door to the mystery room when it suddenly opens and an arm, clad in "ragged yellowish linen" grabs at them. If you know, and are delightfully terrified, by M.R.James' stories, then these are but a pale imitation and are not for you.