Rent GhostWatch (1992)

3.7 of 5 from 118 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
Sarah Greene and Craig Charles report from a reputedly haunted London home for the outside broadcast, while Michael Parkinson and Mike Smith stay in the warmth and "safety" of a BBC studio. The Early family are allegedly being harassed by the ghost 'Pipes', so named as his banging and crashing were initially attributed to bad plumbing. After a deliberately slow start the tension gradually builds, culminating in a terrifying crescendo. Although entirely fictional, the masterly combination of great scripting, intuitive direction and perfect casting made the supernatural pastiche appear frighteningly real.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Cherise Wesson, , Mike Aiton, , , , , , , Keith Ferrari,
Directors:
Producers:
Ruth Baumgarten
Voiced By:
Ruth Sheen, Diana Blackburn, Brendan O'Hea
Writers:
Stephen Volk
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Horror, Thrillers
Collections:
Films That Go Bump in the Night: All Hallows' Eve, Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/11/2002
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Stephen Volk, Ruth Baumgarten and Lesley Manning
  • 'Shooting Reality' by Lesley Manning
  • DVD ROM content of Stephen Volk's original treatment, screenplay, and a ghost story
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/10/2022
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo, English Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Do You Believe in Ghosts?', a brand new 30th anniversary documentary on the Ghostwatch phenomenon
  • Commentary with film historians Shellie McMurdo and Stella Gaynor
  • Commentary with writer Stephen Volk, producer Ruth Baumgarten and director Lesley Manning
  • Shooting Reality by Lesley Manning
  • Reproduced script, annotated by director Lesley Manning

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Reviews (2) of GhostWatch

Ground breaking television - GhostWatch review by OtakuFeebs

Spoiler Alert
14/10/2017

I saw this when it originally aired at age 18. I remember it being creepy and made me doubt myself.

On second viewing I found it to still be a good watch. If you take into context of when it aired and who was "presenting" the show there are many clever elements. I grew up watching Sarah Green on Blue Peter, Mike Smith was her long time partner and they were newly married at the time, so this was a nice touch. Michael Parkinson, or "Parky" as he's affectionately known, was a national treasure before the term was coined. Craig Charles was that cheeky bloke from Red Dwarf who first appeared on telly reciting poetry. Overall a heady mix of believability.

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Better Than I had Imagined - GhostWatch review by LB

Spoiler Alert
23/04/2024

I missed this at the time of broadcast for some reason. Catching up with it now having recently enjoyed 'Late Night With the Devil' which has a similar premise. Lots of traits here that have become commonplace to the point of now being over familiar - measuring devices, camera's in rooms catching action and heat sensor camera etc. Great fun spotting the figure of Mr Pipes throughout the show.

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