Blu-ray Review: GHOST STORIES

GHOST STORIES was written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman and stars Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Andy Nyman and Martin Freeman. The movie is based on the popular stage play that’s also by Dyson and Nyman. 

Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams! A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism is tested, however, when he receives a case file on three chilling and inexplicable incidents: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman) visited by the spirit of his unborn child. Even more disturbing is that each of these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Ghost Stories follows Professor Phillip Goodman, a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural who decides to debunk three mysterious cases that have been introduced to him. He’s made a name for himself over the years as this professional who’s debunked all kinds of cases in the past. What happens is, he pays a visit to each person thinking he’ll be able to expose them as frauds and phonies but with each stop everything around him gets much darker. The professor realizes that something weird is going on but he simply plays it off at first.

The three cases include an abandoned asylum, a car accident deep in the woods and the spirit of an unborn child and what the professor doesn’t know in the beginning is that they’re all tied to each other. Disturbing visions are a part of these three chilling cases and the good professor gets to be a part of it as the three men share their terrifying stories with him. Each unsettling tale brings him closer to the truth as his skepticism slowly vanishes and in the end he not only becomes a believer but he learns that he’s also connected to these three chilling tales.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had already heard a lot of good things about Ghost Stories and the movie definitely lived up to its hype. I liked the story for this thought-provoking character study that includes elements of horror mixed nicely with a little humor. I thought the small cast did a really good job with their characters with the main focus staying on Andy Nyman’s skeptical figure who slowly becomes a believer in the supernatural as he meets up with the three other characters one by one. Martin Freeman also has a nice part that’s key to what’s actually going on. There’s a fantastic twist in the story that ties everything and everyone together and to me this is the best part of the movie because you don’t see it coming. Don’t worry, I’m not telling when and where this takes place so I haven’t spoiled it for you. Anyway, there are some jumps and scares throughout the watch that includes some impressive makeup effects and blood and gore to go with it. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman have constructed a really entertaining watch that draws the viewer in and doesn’t let them off the hook until the final moments. Ghost Stories is one of the best horror anthologies to come along in a while and will be available on Blu-ray on September 4th.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extra is the Ghost Stories trailer and a few other IFC Midnight trailers.

 

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