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on 4 October 2012
Second volume of BFI's Ghost Stories series, and director Lawrence Gordon Clarke's first two films for the BBC's Ghost Stories for Christmas. Stalls of Barchester is a finely acted and beautifully shot tale of murderous ambition, which gets better with repeated viewing, and succeeds in capturing the essence and mood of the original tale, even if the visual effects don't quite match those of James' prose. A fine blueprint for the rest of the series.

Warning to the Curious is a classic, similar in essence to Whistle and I'll Come to You in having a disturbed ancient artefact trigger a supernatural visitation. Genuinely unsettling in places, with director Clarke's ghost having a more physical presence than James', including a fantastic torchlight scene which lingers long in the memory. As with all these films, it's beautifully shot, and as with others in the series, both films are precluded by an interview with the director. Also included are Christopher Lee's atmospheric televised readings of each tale, and the DVD comes with a very insightful booklet.
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