Ghost Stories follows Professor Goodman, a man who has made it his life work to prove the psychics wrong and debunk the existence of the supernatural. This is brought together nicely at the start of the film with a brilliant little documentary style moment which sees Goodman showing us how the psychics really know your deepest secrets before running on the stage and crushing the dreams of one poor lady in the audience by outing the man live on stage mid reading. When Goodman receives a Package from his idol and fellow sceptic Charles Cameron he is beyond excited, especially as Cameron had been missing for years. Cameron however is a changed man, he has seen things and these supernatural events has left him doubting all the anti supernatural feelings he had all his career.
Cameron sets Goodman a challenge to debunk three cases, all different and all unexplainable by Cameron’s investigations. The first case, starring Paul Whitehouse, follows the haunting tale of a night watchman who is being haunted by a spirit in the form of a little girl. The second a tale of the devil starring The End Of The Fucking World star Alex Lawther and the third, lead by Sherlock and Hobbit star Martin Freeman, of a man haunted by what is to come. His mind is played with and the ending of the film is shockingly good, which I will not share as It will spoil the ending for you.
The film is so very cleverly done, and personally I think you will need you watch this a few time to really pick up on the hints and the mental trickery that is on display. It was like a Derren Brown show that just seriously fucks with your mind! And this is a wondrous thing. The film also has some brilliant performances from all the cast involved with Andy Nyman being the V.I.P of the film, but of course he would be as the man created this! but the other standout performance has to be from Freeman who takes on a rare darker role which funnily enough works pretty well and is a welcome change from his lighter good guy roles.
Looking back at the film as whole it is very well put together with all the stories finding a way to weave into the films final act. The only real problem I found is story one and story three were, in some ways very similar. Story two had a very different tone, going more on the slightly humorous side yet still being creepy all the same.
If you love horror then you will love Ghost Stories. It is a great example of British acting and British horror as a whole.