Borley Rectory is a 2017 British horror film written and directed by Ashley Thorpe (shorts: The Hairy Hands; The Screaming Skull; Scayrecrow). It stars Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Rigby and Nicholas Vince. The narrator is Julian Sands.
The legends attached to the rectory at Borley, and famed paranormal investigator Harry Price’s subsequent investigations of them, caught the public imagination during the late 1920s, and would later provide inspiration for such books as Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Richard Matheson’s The Legend of Hell House.
This film examines the legends, the controversial investigations and uncovers a ghost story which reveals more about what might have been missing from Borley than what might have been possessing it…
Borley Rectory has its world premiere at Grimmfest in Manchester, Northern England, on 8 October 2017. They describe the film thus:
Ashley Thorpe’s “unique film combines traditional filmmaking technique with an elaborate mix of rotoscoping, digital animation and compositing, using a mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, to offer an immersive, atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain.” Borley Rectory also features a score by former Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Steve Severin.
Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Rigby, Nicholas Vince, Annabelle Bates, Steve Furst and Richard Strange. The narrator is Julian Sands.