Monday, 12 February 2018

Ghost Stories - What and Why I'm so Excited


I can't remember the last time I was properly excited for a film to come out. Sure, I was engaged with the most recent IT and Jigsaw film as I've grown up with them, but they were pretty bog standard releases. Then I remembered my beloved Ghost Stories. I. Am. So. Fucking. Excited. Don't even test me. This film has a bit of hype surrounding it, I'm sure it's been shown at a film festival last year, but the initial release for it in the UK is April. I want April now. FrightFest are having a special screening on the 1st March as part of their event in Scotland, but my weak legs cannot handle a drive there. One like equals one cry. 

Why am I so excited? Settle down, kiddos, it's time to get nostalgic.
Ghost Stories is a play that came around in 2010, due to it's popularity and success for being so niche, it got lots of interest surrounding it. Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of watching it in London with my parents. I'm not going to lie, I was bricking it. The marketing surrounding it was very... vague. It was labelled as very scary and not suitable for anyone under 15, and if you google the play, there's no recordings or show pictures, just stills of audience members looking terrified. It is mysterious and gives you chills, just how a ghost story should be. The use of stage work and interaction with different effects was amazing, and the fact it had no intermission and if you left, you couldn't re-enter? Spooky. There was a sound effect of a knocking noise and I remember a guy shouting "Elsa? Fuck this, I'm out" when it happened. 

Now, onto the film. To keep this vague and simple for those who want to go in with a fresh mind, the story follows Professor Phillip Goodman who is a Professor of Parapsychology, he gives lectures on 3 'Ghost Stories' which are re-enacted. That's all I'm gonna say. I am very intrigued to see how they plan it all out. I'm going to keep this spoiler free, but if you've attended the show, you'll know how certain physical aspects came into play. Another rewarding factor is that upcoming star Alex Lawther features in it with his dorky, yet endearing aura about him. (You've probably seen him in 'The End of the F***ing World', or my favourite, Kenny in Black Mirror, Shut up and Dance) The co-creator, Andy Nyman, stars in this too (I know him best from the best TV show EVER produced, Dead Set, do not fight me on this) I for one am itching to see them perform in the film adaptation. 

Please please PLEASE do not spoil this for yourselves if you want to see the film. Do not google the plot. Do not read spoiler reviews. The story really is better unknown to those who aren't familiar with the play, and it'll keep the shock factor alive. I'm so excited to go and see this and give a proper review when it's released. Did I mention I'm excited? Excited excited excited. I've said that word too many times, soz English students.

Speak soon,

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