The Ghoul – UK, 2016

‘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 EndSightseers), Tom Meeten (Burke & Hare), Paul Kaye (Dracula Untold; Blackwood; WΔZ), Niamh Cusack (Hereafter), Geoffrey McGivern, Dan Renton Skinner, and Waen Shepherd.

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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…

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Reviews:

“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 ManA Dark SongHyenaThe MessengerThe 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 title suggests an orgy of the undead loaded with jump scares, but this is a more restrained and more disturbing proposition. The monster here is metaphorical: part depression, part manic obsession.” Ed Potton, The Times

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“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

The Ghoul is an effective exercise in controlled suspense and gradually intensifying weirdness, but it never quite delivers on its mind-bending promise. While Tunley proves adept at investing drab rooms and rainy streets with a steady hum of low-level menace, his squeezed budget inevitably saps some of the story’s potential energy.” Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Interview:

Director Gareth Tunley talks to Tom Grater for Screen Daily

IMDb

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Categories: 2016, psychological horror

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1 reply

  1. Badass movie if ya ask me!!👹👹👹👿👿😈😈😱😱😱

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