Whistle And I'll Come To You (1968) When a sceptical professor, played with eccentric intensity in a brilliant performance by Michael Hordern, finds an old whistle on a Norfolk beach he unleashes a horrifying monster from the depths of his psyche. Jonathan Miller's adaptation of MR James' terrifying tale uses the bleak Norfolk landscape, superbly photographed by Dick Bush, to instil a sense of isolation and unease.
Whistle And I'll Come To You (2010) In this 2010 rendering of MR James' celebrated ghost story, John Hurt plays James Parkin, a lonely retiree who has left his wife in a nursing home. Troubled by this turn of events, he visits their old holiday haunt, but his discovery of a mysterious ring on the beach sparks a series of ghostly encounters and disturbing nightmares which refuse to disappear in the cold light of day. Atmospheric and emotive, this modern adaptation brings a fascinating new interpretation to an endlessly creepy yarn.