IFC Midnight | Release Date: April 20, 2018
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IttiacesApr 20, 2018
Ghost Stories is a British horror film adapted from the Olivier nominated play by writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson('The League of Gentlemen'). Nyman stars as a professor who has made his life's work revolve around debunking supernaturalGhost Stories is a British horror film adapted from the Olivier nominated play by writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson('The League of Gentlemen'). Nyman stars as a professor who has made his life's work revolve around debunking supernatural events and providing logical explanations for them. He is challenged to investigate three extreme cases of strange happenings, and the story unfolds on his subsequent journey.

On the whole this film is undoubtedly scary, actually terrifying in parts, very entertaining and the fact there are several stories entwined in one main plot leaves the audience little room for boredom. The characters are well rounded and interesting, Martin Freeman gives a fantastic turn as an obnoxious stock trader with sinister intent. There are plenty of jump scares, and the foreboding atmosphere is retained throughout. It's well filmed and each scene cleverly designed.

On the flip side, I would have liked to see the three stories more resolved and some of the plot points didn't seem to make sense at times. However, the twist at the end made the reason for this very clear. All in all, an excellent, thought-provoking film and definitely one of the best British horrors in a long time.
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Davrosdaleks1Jul 29, 2018
Effectively spooky. Really has that old-time English ghost story quality to it. The film relies on atmosphere and uneasiness. Some great visuals and use of pre-existing landscapes. It excels at making you uncomfortable about what is hiding inEffectively spooky. Really has that old-time English ghost story quality to it. The film relies on atmosphere and uneasiness. Some great visuals and use of pre-existing landscapes. It excels at making you uncomfortable about what is hiding in the dark. Although, I do think the segments end a bit abruptly.

Really well thought out wrap-around story. Perhaps not the most original ending, but it is done really well.

Excellent cast all-around, but the MVP is Alex Lawther as a kid who has been scared out of his mind. He does an excellent job showing off his nervousness.
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alejandro970Aug 25, 2018
More than a creepy supernatural movie, it`s a sort of riddle that deserves the attention and patience of viewer for solve in final act. However, fulfill the proposal of being a genre movie via some effective scares.
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Rebecca31Apr 23, 2018
Entertaining, surprisingly funny and spine-chilling. Ghost stories is a unique take on a modern horror story. Not just a parade of cheap jump scares but an interesting story wrapped in tension and guaranteed to give most of you at least oneEntertaining, surprisingly funny and spine-chilling. Ghost stories is a unique take on a modern horror story. Not just a parade of cheap jump scares but an interesting story wrapped in tension and guaranteed to give most of you at least one fright.

Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) specialises in debunking phony psychics. For his whole life he has been a sceptic but now he must investigate three apparently unexplainable hauntings. Each story is scarier than the last so buckle up for a terrifying horror movie that will have your heart in your mouth. How rarely do we get a good horror and Ghost Stories is a refreshing take on a ghost story. Rather than focus on the never-ending jump scares it works at a story you become invested in and builds the tension in a way most horror movies can’t anymore. It’s got it all, frights, laughs and a well told story. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
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BrianMcCriticOct 3, 2018
A chain of stories that is more about a man's mental state than about the stories themselves. I found myself interested even when all the elements fail to deliver. The pay off may not be what you're hoping for. Overall a low 7 a B.
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OwenMansellMay 25, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ghost stories is one of those films where you have to pay very close attention too to get every detail that could affect the story, the individual story of Tony Matthews was very suspenseful and bone chilling, but the others after that couldn't out do the first one which was a shame, the films plot twist was a real shock too me. I was thinking about the film for about an hour after i had left the cinema. The black bird references when it hit the window at the end was very confusing until i looked up what it represented and meant. I felt it was always building up to something and the overall message of the film was confusing. It isn't for the casual viewer. Expand
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KRC161412_1Aug 20, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First story was epic. ANd then it kinda of fell apart by each new story and conclusion Expand
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EmileenaJul 14, 2019
Wasn't sure what to expect from this film.

It kept me guessing and in the end shocked!
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