Rent The Ghoul (2016)

2.7 of 5 from 222 ratings
1h 25min
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Synopsis:
Chris (Tom Meeten) is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague - and former girlfriend - Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect's psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland (Geoffrey McGivern), who has a taste for the occult...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Gareth Tunley, Jack Healy Guttmann, Tom Meeten
Writers:
Gareth Tunley
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/10/2017
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by writer-director Gareth Tunley, actor-producer Tom Meeten and producer Jack Healy Guttmann
  • In the Loop, a brand-new documentary on the conception and making of The Ghoul produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Featuring interviews with Tunley, Meeten, Guttmann, actors Alice Lowe, Geoff McGivern, Niamh Cusack, Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner, composer Waen Shepherd, and executive producers Dhiraj Mahey and Ben Wheatley
  • 'The Baron', a 2013 short film with optional commentary by writer-director Tunley and writer-actor Meeten
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/09/2017
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by writer-director Gareth Tunley, actor-producer Tom Meeten and producer Jack Healy Guttmann
  • In the Loop, a brand-new documentary on the conception and making of The Ghoul produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Featuring interviews with Tunley, Meeten, Guttmann, actors Alice Lowe, Geoff McGivern, Niamh Cusack, Rufus Jones and Dan Skinner, composer Waen Shepherd, and executive producers Dhiraj Mahey and Ben Wheatley
  • The Baron, a 2013 short film with optional commentary by writer-director Tunley and writer-actor Meeten
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (9) of The Ghoul

Unwatchable Tripe - The Ghoul review by DaMikki

Spoiler Alert
03/01/2018

nonsensical story and is so booooooorrrrrrring and slooooooow. With lots of poor quality acting. Not a film I would recommend at all. Couldn't watch more than 30 minutes before I have to shut it off.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Spoilers follow ... - The Ghoul review by NP

Spoiler Alert
11/10/2017

It’s strange: I can go through a phase of watching horror films that actually debilitate because of their lack of originality. They tell the same variations of stories, featuring a gang of deeply unpleasant people being stalked by something horrible, or a house giving up its dark secrets to the latest happily married non-entities to have moved in. It sometimes makes me wonder why I love horror so much, when the limitations film-makers impose upon themselves result in such mediocrity.

And then, I can watch a run of utter gems. Often low budget, these are films with something original to say, or at least an original way of presenting an established idea. ‘The Ghoul’ is one such refreshing example – at times I fought to follow the narrative because I didn’t want to lose the thread of interest being weaved around events.

“Fancy a cuppa? Normal or some sort of gay tea? We’ve got the lot.” Says Doctor Morland (Geoffrey McGivern) cheerily, welcoming depressive Chris (Tom Meeten, who has a look of Neil Gaiman about him) into his home, the unorthodox place where Chris’s demons are to be confronted. Meeten plays Chris brilliantly, and through the writing/directing, Gareth Tunley really conveys to us the unending depths of despair he suffers as everybody around him leaves or betrays him. Meeten is immediately engaging and has our sympathies with each new heartbreak – the most callous of all is in the casual abuse dished out by Kathleen (Alice Lowe). All the cast (including Naimh Cusack and Paul Kaye) are excellent, in fact.

There are lots of shaky panoramic views of a twilight metropolis: a travelogue of a silhouette city. It’s interesting that among the credits, the excellent Ben Wheatley (Director of ‘High Rise’, ‘A Field in England’ as well as a couple of Doctor Who stories from 2014) features as executive producer. The sprinkling of such city-scape imagery contrasts with Chris’s isolated torment as the demons continue to grow.

It would be too easy to dismiss this as another ‘were the demons real, or all in his head’ essay. ‘The Ghoul’ has so much more going for it than that. A labyrinthine modern day Lovecraft parable that only disappoints at the end - *because* it ends. The journey is more powerful than the destination, perhaps? Either way, I’ll be watching this again more than once, but not so much so that I know each line before it’s spoken; I don’t want to lose the disturbing, frightening atmosphere. A brilliant film - highly recommended.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Utter Tosh - The Ghoul review by nm

Spoiler Alert
13/02/2018

Unwatchable. Dreary characters and one of those films you can tell in the first 5 minutes is going to be dire. Twenty minutes later I had had enough and pressed the eject button!.. Really don't know who these rubbish films ever get financed.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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