Ghostwatch Continues To Manifest Fear Decades Later

Ghostwatch Film Details DecayMag.com. Lesley Manning, Stephen Volk, BBC. Ghostwatch

Director: Lesley Manning

Writer: Stephen Volk

Release Date: October 31, 1992

Release Format: TV Movie

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Running Time: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes

Synopsis

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an ‘investigation into the supernatural’. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind ‘The most haunted house in Britain’, expecting a light-hearted scare or two and probably the uncovering of a hoax.

They think they are in control of the situation. They think they are safe. The viewers settle down and decide to watch ‘for a laugh’. Ninety minutes later the BBC, and the country, was changed, and the consequences are still felt today.

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Ghostwatch has released on the Shudder premium streaming platform. The Horror faux-documentary originally aired in the UK on Halloween night in 1992. Due to the controversial content and its extreme nature, Ghostwatch caused a widespread panic among viewers. The show was banned in the UK for a decade. It has never been aired or released in the US until now.

The cast stars

  • Michael Parkinson (Self, Presenter)
  • Sarah Greene (Self, Reporter)
  • Mike Smith (Self, Phone-In Presenter)
  • Craig Charles (Self, Interviewer)
  • Gillian Bevan (Dr. Lin Pascoe)
  • Brid Brennan (Pamela Early)
  • Michelle Wesson (Suzanne Early)
  • Cherise Wesson (Kim Early)
  • Chris Miller (Self, Cameraman)
  • Mike Aiton (Self, Sound recordist)

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There are some strange goings on in a house on Foxhill Road in Northolt, Greater London. It appears to be the scene of heavy paranormal and poltergeist activity. Sarah Greene along with her crew; Chris Miller and Mike Aiton put themselves head-on in the action.

The team worked with The Early family (Pamela, Suzanne, and Kim). Together they go for up-close behind-the-scene coverage on an infamous house. One that has been causing panic among the community.

The neighbors that live on Foxhill Road have seen strange activity coming from the house. These occurrences have had an effect on them all. Much so, to where a priest – Arthur Lacey (portrayed by Derek Smee) – had to step in and bless the community.

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At the TV studio Michael Parkinson, Dr. Lin Pascoe, and Mike Smith watch and document the live footage. Craig Charles stands outside with anxious audiences, all witnessing the events unfold.

During the coverage, Parkinson and Pascoe accept calls from random viewers. Each caller tells their personal experiences with paranormal activity. Thus, most of these calls prove to be hoaxes except for one anonymous caller. This person knows the undocumented history in the house and its inhabitants than anyone.

Meanwhile, those inside the house cannot distinguish what’s real and what’s not. Strange things definitely go on in the house but, is this the act of a true poltergeist? Or is this one big hoax?

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What makes this film concept so deceiving is the crew all putting themselves in the action. They’re not behind-the-scenes. This, including the presenters and reporters. So, it appears that occurrences are actually happening. This is an astounding idea that leaves the mind to ponder.
 
Not to mention the phenomenal cast performances. The entire cast put them in character as if it’s pre-staged. Yet, the documentary plays as if a crew of ghost hunters goes on a mission to document paranormal activity. All the while, the group are getting interviews from passersby and onlookers.
 
This simple, yet complex concept scared thousands of viewers into a widespread panic. This is film-making at it’s finest.
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In Conclusion

Paranormal activity whether its poltergeists or demonic-possession remain a well-traveled theme in Horror. There is footage claiming to depict proof of extraterrestrial existence or spiritual entities, both good and evil. The Horror, Sci-Fi cinema brings out the wildest of imaginations and creative innovations that continue to meet the audience.

Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

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