Ghost Story (3 stars)

Ghost Story

(15) 83min
(Nucleus DVD retail)

Long overdue DVD release of writer/director Stephen Weeks’ rarely seen 1974 chiller about a bunch of college friends in the 1920s who meet up in an old mansion house with regrettable results. Weeks who had made his name with post hippy era oddities as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and proficient Hammer horror I, Monster enlisted the help of future Beatles biographer Philip Norman and a host of fine British character actors including Barbara Shelley, Penelope Keith, Leigh Lawson, Larry Dann, Murray Melvin and the enigmatic Vivian Mackerell (the inspiration for Bruce Robinson’ s creation ‘Withnail’, seen here in his only major screen role). Renaissance girl of the moment, Marianne Faithfull even pops up as an insane spirit.

For those who like their cult films – plumy, overwritten and sadistically surreal, Ghost Story is a whole load of fun. Also the soundtrack from Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin is a peach. This two-disc set comes with excellent extras including a booklet, a ‘making of’ featurette and seven of Weeks’ previously unseen short films.

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