When I went to see Ghost Stories in the West End a couple of years ago, I presumed that I, as a hard-nut horror aficionado, would not find it remotely scary. I generally dislike the theatre and all its trappings, although I thought I’d give this one the benefit of the doubt, seeing as it was horror and that.
Turns out, oh my god, it was the most terrifying thing I’d ever seen. It was also the LOUDEST experience of my life - at numerous points I screamed at the top of my voice, and it was entirely drowned out by the horrendously deafening shock-scares that were pummeling every ounce of my being. So yeah, good, essentially.
And now the creators of that so very scary stage show (Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson) have transferred it over to the big screen, with the similarly titled movie-version of Ghost Stories. Along for the ride are Paul Whitehouse, Martin Freeman and Alex Lawther (that strange kid from the webcam episode of Black Mirror) as the protagonists of each spooky tale.
Yep, it’s an anthology - a trio of scary sections joined together by an overreaching narrative, just like the classic Amicus horror portmanteau movies of the ‘70s. And by the looks of things, it looks just as bloody creepy as the stage show (but thankfully, much quieter). I know this because the first three teasers have just been released, and they are as I have just said (are you even listening): bloody scary.
Check them out if you dare:
Early reviews of the film’s screening at the London Film Festival have been glowing, so get the cinema release in your diaries asap: Friday 13 April 2018. Ooooooooh, spooooooky.