Rent The Signalman (1976)

3.8 of 5 from 67 ratings
0h 39min
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Synopsis:
Strange things are being seen and heard by a signalman (Denholm Elliott) based on a lonely stretch of country rail track. The traveller who befriends him is positive there must be a rational explanation, but the increasingly terrified signalman cannot be convinced...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Rosemary Hill
Voiced By:
John Nettleton
Writers:
Charles Dickens, Andrew Davies
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Horror
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/11/2002
Run Time:
39 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 40 mins extra material (Reading of the original Dickens story by John Nettleton)

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Reviews (1) of The Signalman

Eerie, but confusing - The Signalman review by Mehitabel

Spoiler Alert
16/01/2017

I had to watch this on Christmas Eve, because the Charles Dickens original my favourite ghost story. Firstly, this is an old film now, and it shows its age in the grainy quality (which is actually no bad thing) and fuzzy sound.

The film tells the story of a visitor to an unspecified rural area befriending The Signalman, a lonely and troubled Denholm Elliott. And no-one does lonely and troubled like Denholm Elliott.. The tale is told very, very s l o w l y.. Again, no bad thing, because it's an atmosphere piece. And the slowness feels right - never boring.

The surprises ("shocks" isn't the right word - too modern - although one of them did make my companion, who didn't know the story, jump!) are effective. I liked the eerie recurring effect, which turns really frightening towards the end.

You could quibble that it's rather baffling what a well-dressed Victorian city gent is doing wandering around an isolated area in completely unsuitable shoes, but that would be pointless. One result of the way the tale is told is that the narrator/traveller (Bernard Lloyd) becomes as intriguing as The Signalman himself, which is a bit of a distraction.

But my main quibble -- and it's hard to explain without spoilers -- is that at the end, you aren't quite sure exactly what has happened. I remember from reading the original story that there's no doubt at all, so it was frustrating and disappointing having to try to explain to my companion just what had been going on..

But I'd definitely say, if in doubt, do watch this little film. I say "little" because it's VERY short - no longer than an episode of a TV series. And just lose yourself in the poor Signalman's eerie plight...

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