- Actors: Lee Ingleby, Mark Gatiss, Derren Brown, Beth Goddard, Vanessa Havell
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: 2entertain
- DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002JPYIY8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Young teacher Ben finds an ancient door-knocker in the garden of his new home. According to the local museum curator, it comes from the recently demolished Geap Manor – a sinister old place which seemed to attract… unpleasantness. So begin three stories from the dark history of this crooked house…
Ghastly, strangled whispers haunt the dreams of an Eighteenth Century businessman. A ‘Roaring Twenties’ couple come face to face with their family’s scandalous past and with a terrifying, ghostly bride. And, in the present day, the door knocker itself seems to have unfinished business, leading Ben on a journey back into Geap Manor’s blood-drenched past, and a confrontation with its original owner, the devilish Sir Roger Widdowson…
Starring Samuel Barnett , Derren Brow n, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Phi l ip J ackson, Anna Madeley , Jean Marsh, Andy Nyman, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Special Features Cast & Crew Commentary , “The Making of Crooked House” Documentary, “What Frightens You?” Featurette, Trailer, Out-takes, Deleted Scenes, Picture gallery, Easter egg.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyable, creepy and well worth the money.
As I said before the programme content is excellent each story is well told and there are some genuine scares. The stories especially the first one with Philip Jackson (Poirot's Inspector Japp) are very much in the vein of M R James classic ghost stories. There are some nice special features including a "making of" and "what scares you" along with an enjoyable commentary with various cast and crew.
So a slightly dissapointing release of a very enjoyable series. I hope they make another series of Crooked House as there are other tales of Geap Manor waiting to be told.
The three episodes of Crooked House concern the secrets of fictional Geap Manor, a recently demolished Tudor mansion in Windsor. The link for all three stories is history teacher Ben Morris (Lee Ingleby) who has found an old but rather creepy door knocker in his garden and interested in its origins. The curator of the local museum (Mark Gatiss in superb unsettling form) recognises it immediately as being the old door knocker from Geap Manor. After some cajoling from Ben, he relates three horrible stories.
The first, "The Wainscoting", is set in 1786 and is about the story of Joseph Bloxham, a selfish but sucessful capitalist who buys and improves the Manor, after realising an investment which ruined his fellow speculators. Strange noises are heard behind the newly installed wainscoting. The wood came from the pillars of the gallows known as the 'Tyburn Tree' an infamous eighteen century triangular gallows.
The second story, "Something Old", takes place in 1927, where, at the Manor, a lavish costume ball is being held. During the ball the young well-to-do Felix de Momery announces his engagement to pretty Ruth, much to the concern of his grandmother and annoyance of his friends. However, the young couple's future (and survival) is linked with another tragic wedding day and a ghostly bride who haunts the corridors.Read more ›
History teacher Ben(Lee Ingleby) finds an old door knocker in his garden and interested in its origins, takes it to the curator of a local museum. The curator(Mark Gatiss) recognises it immediately as being the old door knocker from Geap Manor. After some cajoling from Ben, the curator relates the horrible history of the manor to his captivated audience. In the first story he tells, ruthless entrepreneur Joshua Bloxham(Philip Jackson) having recently moved into Geap Manor is making alterations to the interior. Hearing noises at night, he invests in a cat. When the noises continue, he soon finds out there are other things, apart from rodents that go bump in the night. In the second story, we reach 1927 and an announcement made at a party by foppish Felix(Ian Hallard) of his forthcoming marriage. However his bride-to-be starts seeing a mysterious shrouded figure in a wedding dress around the house. Only Felix's Grandmother Constance(Jean Marsh) knows the horrible truth, a truth that a gift of 'something old' to the bride soon brings out into the open. The third story, returning to the present day sees Ben return home with the door knocker, the curator allowing him to keep it. The knocker finds pride of place on Ben's front door. One night, Ben is awoken by a loud knocking at the door. He accidentially gets locked out of his house, but using the spare key he re-enters the house. He finds himself transported back to the beginnings of Geap Manor, where the original owner sowed the seeds of evil in the house by dabbling in the occult. Is the past reaching out to the present to threaten Ben.
I have finally managed to watch this, after missing it upon its original transmission.(Some of us do have to work at Christmas!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not especially deep and telling, and not always as scary as it might be, but this is an old fashioned and highly satisfying chiller and perfect for Christmas viewing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ann McCabe
I'd seen two parts of this on the BBC and knew it was creepy. The third part really pulls the first two together. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Wilson
great film and great service. came a day early, brilliant.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
To be honest, this is pretty dire! I guess that it does try but the stories are sooo naff and it is only really good for a wet afternoon's chuckle about the lack of suspense and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Peet