As temperatures plummet well below zero and many will be putting their Xmas trees and decorations up, it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire with a glass of port and a mince pie to watch the BFI’s collection of the BBC’s adaptations of M.R. James ghost stories.
SARAH GREGORY is ready to be spooked, in HD
Throughout the ’70s the BBC’s A Ghost Story For Christmas was a cherished seasonal tradition. Retellings of classic Victorian tales of the supernatural in equal parts gripping, haunting and terrifying – and which continue to captivate to this day.
Previously only available on DVD, the BFI are launching a beautifully packaged limited-edition three-disc Blu-ray boxset, Ghost Stories For Christmas Volume 1, just in time for … Christmas.
Coinciding with the awesome UK-wide In Dreams Are Monsters horror film season, this box set focuses on the master of ghost storytelling, M.R. James. Featuring his two masterpieces, Whistle And I’ll Come to You – Michael Hordern unwittingly unleashing a terrorising supernatural force in the Suffolk seaside – and A Warning To The Curious (this writer’s absolute fave), which sees Peter Vaughan meddling with centuries-old East Anglian mythical traditions; the supernatural revenge tale The Stalls Of Barchester and the heart-breaking vampiric The Lost Hearts complete the set.
For those, like me, who love these ghost stories already, a Blu-ray version with lots of bonus extras is very exciting! For the uninitiated, you are in for one hell of a treat this winter.
Ghost Stories For Christmas Volume 1 is available now. Order here