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Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
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It's a letdown to find that there's nothing at the bottom of a box of tricks which in themselves are not as clever as they could have been.
Ghost Stories has more genuine scares than most horror movies, so it almost seems a bit unfair when it's funny too.
This film nails its black humor and finds a bizarre but satisfying conclusion to manage all the loose ends.
The element that's too often missing from horror is one that Dyson and Nyman relish: fun.
The filmmakers trust the audience, and benefit from a trio of excellent performances by the subjects of each story.
"Ghost Stories" is nothing if not nostalgic: for old-fashioned creepshows that send a mordant chill down the spine, shadows as sinister as the specters within them, and audiences freshly eager to peer into both.
Sometimes betraying its stage roots, with an episodic structure, the same men who created it as a piece of theatre have done a good job of making this a more cinematic offering.
An unnerving anthology that perfects the nuts and bolts of haunted storytelling, and yet also subverts expectations, offers enjoyable nods to horror greats gone by, and builds towards a big finale.
A scary story that stumbles due to the style it adopts, but whose twist saves it. Sort of. [Review in Spanish]
It delivers its share of shivers and jumps with a restrained inventiveness I truly appreciated.
A gloomy day in Britain makes the most ordinary places creepy, and in these caravan sites and empty pubs it's their ordinariness that makes what you see so spine-tingling. Menace and misery permeates everything, until each story is drenched in sadness.
Ghost Stories knows [you know the tropes] & it relishes in taking those expectations & dangling them before you until you're snug in how you think [the film] will play out.
Three ghost stories in a frame narrative that starts out slowly and what seems to be unnecessarily complicated. The devil is in the details, though and ultimately there is a pay-off, maybe even warranting another viewing or two. As for the ghost stories, they are wonderfully unpleasant and have quite a few jump scares. Overall, and without entering spoiler territory, I appreciated what the movie attempted and was pretty entertained, but somehow it could have achieved even more in every aspect.
What you've got here are three relatively intriguing horror concepts that end just as they are getting interesting held together by a pretty mediocre central story.
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