Parents' Guide to

Ghost Stories

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

English horror anthology is weirder than it is scary.

Movie NR 2018 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Too intense but yet not that satisfying...

This movie should be rated R not NR. I was freaked out. R:horror related images of sequences of violence and some mild language
age 17+

Indie British Horror

I can't say much because I don't want to give away anything but its VERY scary. I was watching it through my hands as it was terrifying. Its more on the tension than anything. THIS ISN'T A FILM YOU CAN WATCH IN THE BACKGROUND.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This old-fashioned horror anthology isn't terrifying or scream-inducing; instead, it's closer in spirit to the moody, clammy, atmospheric English movies of decades past that lovingly inspired it. Nyman and Jeremy Dyson co-wrote and co-directed Ghost Stories based on their hit stage play, and what the movie lacks in that real-life theatrical connection it makes up for in eerie, clever cinematography and editing. The asylum in the first segment consists of pitch-black corridors running off into infinity, but it's far from neat and tidy; it's littered with decades of sinister refuse. The teen boy's room is decorated with occult drawings of demons and monsters, making a simple doorway seem terribly unsettling.

Weirdly, one of the movie's creepiest sequences takes place in an open field in broad daylight. The filmmakers beautifully use the on-screen and the offscreen, the seen and the unseen, sounds and clever cuts to suggest, rather than show, its horrors. Still, anthology horror movies usually have a weak spot, and here it's the wraparound story. But even though savvy horror fans may groan at how things unfold, Ghost Stories is so stylish and so satisfying that it gets by on spirit alone.

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