‘I know its name’
The Ghoul is a British psychological thriller written and directed by former actor (Sightseers) Gareth Tunley. It stars Alice Lowe (Prevenge; The World’s End; Sightseers), Tom Meeten (Burke and Hare), Paul Kaye (Dracula Untold; Blackwood; WΔZ), Niamh Cusack (Hereafter), Geoffrey McGivern, Dan Renton Skinner, Waen Shepherd.
A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur…
“It relates a little to Kill List (in which Tunley plays the priest) but also slots comfortably in with a run of Brit-noir pictures with supernatural twists (The Glass Man, A Dark Song, Hyena, The Messenger, The Devil’s Business). There’s a state-of-the-nation aspect to these stories of psychological isolation, and minds cracking as cities decay and social ties are sundered — the horror film offshoots of Broken Britain or Brexit.” Kim Newman, Empire
“A splendidly twisty low-budget head-scratcher … The Ghoul is an auspicious debut that announces a new voice in British filmmaking. Get in on the ground floor and catch his debut now.” Film4
“The press release compares The Ghoul to Roeg and Cammell’s Performance and Lynch’s Lost Highway and while those comparisons are valid, Gareth Tunley’s film really is its own, special, weird thing and as such is definitely worth checking out.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
Director Gareth Tunley talks to Tom Grater for Screen Daily