Ghostwatch  [DVD]
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Controversial BBC Halloween special from 1992. A fully-scripted drama which imitated the format of a live television broadcast taking place inside a haunted house, the show convinced many frightened viewers of its own reality and prompted a string of complaints. The hoax is made all the more convincing thanks to its use of well-known TV presenters Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene and Mike Smith.
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The presentation of the piece and the atmosphere is slightly unnerving, but it's hard to put your finger on why. The makers went along with the principle that less is more, and we rarely catch more than a glimpse of anything ghostly. Several times Ghostwatch tries to introduce a slightly more benign version of ghosts, Sarah's story being an example, however it becomes clear that there is something deeply wrong, almost demonic about the poltergeist "Mr Pipes". Sarah Greene and Michael Parkinson give an excellent performance considering they had never done any proper acting up to this point.
Dare I say I found this to be more scary than anything Hollywood has made over the last 20 years, including the conjuring and Blair witch.
The disc from 101 films has a good 16:9 print of the show. Despite the outrage, this is a horror show that deserves its title of "one of the most controversial shows of the decade"
This documentary style drama lulls its audience into a false sense of security from the outset. Familiar faces in Michael Parkinson and Sarah Green (he the cynical uncle-figure, she all cups of tea with the be-spooked family)strengthen the atmosphere of cosiness, and the production itself takes seriously the viewers' disbelief about the paranormal - sceptical characters are strong in number, hoax calls are made to the studio and even the presenters have their tongues firmly in cheek.
As the story of the house cleverly and subtly unravels, the atmosphere turns increasingly disturbing and features some genuinely horrific moments. Viewers will have to be eagle-eyed to catch all the 'sightings' of the house ghost, and the intricacies of the plot and what is seen on screen reward repeat viewings.
Although the unbelievable ending is widely criticised, this surely is the re-establishment of the norm in terms of restoring the audience's cynicism after they have been taken in by the authentic horror of what has gone before.
Featuring the ever-reliable Michael Parkinson as the show's anchorman, he carries the part off well, aided also by Mike Smith and Sarah Greene, familiar faces known to the british public, and very convincing they are too.
Of course, Ghostwatch went on to become one of the most controversial programmes ever put out by the BBC, though it WAS previously billed as a "Drama", the kicker was - it was being screened as a Live Event, Live Feeds, happening on Halloween night at the most haunted house in North London - the fictitious "Foxhill Drive".
Without giving too much away, what really makes Ghostwatch work exceptionally well is the writing by Stephen Volk. The slow build up of supernatural tension which is deliberately layered until the final act where all hell breaks loose and we are thrown in at the deep end at the mercy of "Pipes" the ghostly lodger, grimly accompanied by the sound of feline cat wails and static burst sound effects.
I bought the original dvd release a few years ago when it was put out by BFI so it's great that there is a reissue of what is now deemed a classic supernatural shocker which created such a fuss back in 1992.
..Just in time for Halloween too!
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