Dim the lights, stoke up the fire and settle down for a classic chiller from the BBC's much loved 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' series. Based on a story by the master of the supernatural tale, M.R. James, 'A Warning to the Curious' tells the tale of three fabled crowns buried on the Norfolk coast which, according to legend, protect England from invasion. When an amateur archaeologist goes treasure hunting for the last remaining crown, he digs up more than he bargained for... An eerie, atmospheric production which builds to a terrifying climax.
Although getting on a bit this film still has the power to scare. The muted film stock and lack of widescreen add to the feeling of timelessness but it's the cinematography that gives the film its edge. Long lingering shots of the remote Norfolk countryside coupled with the haunting soundtrack create a sense of unease which builds throughout. Many a modern horror filmmaker could take a lesson from Lawrence Gordon Clark on how to evoke emotion and threat on the screen.