Based upon the stage play of the same name, Ghost Stories is a look into the psychological side of classic horror, whilst using brilliant British talent to show off the adaptability of modern day culture.
Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) is a man with a point to prove against spiritualists and fakers. Yet when his former scientific hero, Charles Cameron, informs him of three unexplained cases that disprove his theories, Goodman knows he must investigate.
Ghost Stories, does not, and will not have a hugely broad appeal. It is not a film looking to fill out screenings, terrifying each member of the audience, instead it is a much more quaint and uneasy look at modern horror.
Often stage to screen adaptations fall short due to the expansion process scaling upwards badly, however, there is a clear understanding of that here. Ghost Stories accepts its roots, and uses them to show its psychological prowess. It isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but it does enough to make the screenplay and plot work on the big screen.
There are some wonderfully creepy performances from Martin Freeman and Alex Lawther who’s small roles fit well into the anthology style that Ghost Stories uses. It feels very much like a collaborative effort, with the ideas behind the horror coming across as very real even if they aren’t particularly believable.