The Signalman  [DVD]
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The sixth offering in the BBC's 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' series. Denholm Elliott stars as the troubled railway signalman who has witnessed some strange and unsettling sights and sounds along his stretch of track. Bernard Lloyd co-stars as the curious traveller who tries to make sense of the signalman's story.
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I did this for my english project and i tell you that the book and the film are exact. The characters are amazingly similar to the ones in the story. It really does give you goosebumps. I recomend this to absolutely everyone.
This chilling tale is about a signalman (of course) who lives all by himself in a remote and very isolated signal box. There he begins to see a spectre, which seems to be telling something, warning him of a terrible accident. I won't say much more because i don't want to spoil this wonderful, bone-chilling film for you.
Although there are really only two roles in this film, that of the signalman, and that of the man who comes to see him (the narrator in the book), it doesn't seem to matter and they both bring the roles to life brilliantly.
One of the great things about the book is the way that tension is built up at just the right time, and then somthing scary happens such as the spectre appearing, and this is conveyed brilliantly in this film adaptation
Overall, a supurb re-telling of the classic Charles Dickens novel, which will give you cold shivers run up your spine. If you have read then book then watch this film, if you have seen this film then read the book.
The casting, and cast deserved a hatfull of medals. Eliot in particular is magnificent, and gives possibly his finest performance as the doomed, haunted, eponymous signalman. The direction is well judged, and the piece is beautifully, and atmospherically shot, while the location, at the bottom of a dank cutting, is as close to the feel of the original story as you could possibly hope for. The sound too, is superb, a wonderful mono clarity so absent from many recent releases, and supports the story magnificently with simple effects like the ghostly whine of the bell.
The DVD is nicely packaged, with few extras, aside from the original story read as an audio track. I wish Eliot himself had read it, but you can't quibble. Very short, but it would be churlish to argue with it in terms of value for money. Let us just celebrate the fact that it is freely available for the first time, pour a glass of port, and put our feet up on Christmas Eve. This was easily the best of the BBCs 1960s-70s ghost stories (though the rest were excellent too), which are also now available and well worth investigating. What I now want is the 2001 mini-series of 4 M.R. James stories, read by Christopher Lee, to be released. That would complete things nicely.
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its just so scarey