Innovative British horror is not a phrase heard much in the world of film today, but Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s new film, Ghost Stories, is just that. We Brits aren’t particularly huge in the world of horror, which is why when we make them, we make them great, and Ghost Stories is no exception to that.
The film is based around sceptic Professor Philip Goodman, who has the belief that supernatural experiences are all just tricks of the minds and so, spends his life de-bunking the paranormal and showing up mediums who claim that they can speak to those beyond the grave. However, when he is contacted by the man who inspired him in life to take on three unsolved and chilling cases of those who have witnessed ghosts, demons and poltergeists, the professor can’t resist the chance to take on the challenge.
Ghost Stories, however, is not your typical jump a minute horror film (although, there is plenty of suspense and moments of trying to keep your cool in front of the people you are sat with), as not only is it very funny in typical Jeremy Dyson style (who is also known for writing The League of Gentlemen), but it also manages to squeeze in satire and hidden meanings along the way. For fans of film and horror, there are plenty of moments of homage that even the worst horror fans will recognise and for those that aren’t, there is still lots of other hidden easter eggs to spot and enjoy.
All that said, I can’t deny that my hands were sweating when the film had ended, and I can’t deny I spent a lot of time looking over my shoulder as well as being a little bit afraid to walk home in the dark.