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With a combination like that it would be hard for a film to ...
on 24 May 2016
An adaptation of the james herbert book and directed by lewis gilbert. With a combination like that it would be hard for a film to go wrong - and pleased to say it doesnt. It's a classic type of british ghost story - in the tradition of writers like M R James with a hint of the 'turn of the screw' thrown in for good measure. And like any good ghost story it's a mix of sadness, tragedy, love and chills and all augmented by debbie wise's poignant score. Has a couple of nice twists towards the end too. If youre a fan of the traditional ghost story you wont be disappointed.
For some reason however this film is only available on dvd from holland - how an adaptation of a british ghost story isnt available from the uk is a mystery to me. But it has an english audio option so this isnt a problem for viewers in the uk. The disk also has a nice 25 minute bonus feature on the film which includes interviews with cast members - john geilgud, anthony andrews, kate beckinsale and aidan quinn - and some background info on the atmospheric location that forms 'edbrook hall 'where the bulk of the story takes place. Perhaps the only disappointing thing about the disk for me is that it's in 4:3 when 16:9 would have been much better for enhancing edbrook hall and the picturesque english countryside.
Haunted is rarely seen on tv and is a steal at just a fiver - oh and it arrived from holland in just a few days.So if you like your classic ghost stories do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this very underated movie.