Ghost Stories (2017) - Drama, Horror

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Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Jeremy Dyson
Stars: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 51 out of 248 found boring (20.56%)

One-line Reviews (132)

Dont waste your time on this crap.

After a promising start and setup to our film I was invested, but as the stories begin the film drops to a much slower pace.

The third story is by far the most boring and follows Martin Freeman as he readies a nursery for his unborn child.

Slow buildup for ultimately nothing .


there's no plot in any of them.

Format: DVD Language: English Released 2017Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy NymanStarring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul WhitehouseThe last in my insomnia driven horror movie marathon is 'Ghost Stories', a twisting horror anthology.

The acting is great but some scenes are way too long especially the first story honestly I was waiting for something incredible by the end of it only to feel weird and not in a good way.

Without going into too much detail, "Ghost Stories" may seem like a mediocre fright fest at first full of serviceable jump scares and "confusing-for-the-sake-of-being-confusing" plot developments.

Intriguing and Thoughtful .

The story was so boring I actually stoped watching (which I never do).

All in all a very enjoyable horror movie.

The trailer made it look like a riveting ride but it turned out to be a bit of a yawn fest.

An incredibly entertaining romp through the genre.

Though just like with Cabin in the Woods, this made the film extremely predictable.

Overall this film was a waste of time and 1hr 37minutes I'll never get back.

However, while films of this type usually offer some genuine scares and a coherent plot, without giving too much away, the stories themselves only serve as a slight frame to hang what will eventually become deeply pretentious and self-important naval gazing by the writer to the extent it appears to serve as therapy rather than the actual film.

I had the entertaining experience of seeing the play in the West End in London (again, starring Nyman as Goodman), and it was an impressive piece of stagecraft.

Got to say here and now, not a good film, boring even in places and definitely not the scariest thing I've see.

3 stories, each without reason or merit, then it goes even weirder what is possibly the devil, a victim of buying who got killed when the coma lad was a kid comes back and haunts him, as with all British films, its pointless, long and super dull.

Maybe I expect too much to be entertained (which is of course, why I'm watching the movie in the first place), but I just can't stand films that build you up, make you invest 90 mins of your life and let you down with a naff and confusing ending.

Intense and unpredictable .

After a slow start, the first story involving Paul Whitehouse is the highlight here.

Paul Whitehouse plays Tony Matthews, night watchman, haunted by something nasty in an empty warehouse.

It's pretentious and at the same time incoherent.

It takes every single cliche out there and throws them all together in a new way.

Was very enjoyable until....

Instead, what I got was a huge steaming pile of pretentious pseudo-intellectual bilge that's scarcely coherent in places and can barely be described as a horror film at all.

The story is just boring with a last ditch attempt to make the story have meaning thrown in towards the end.

Overall, still a really enjoyable movie despite this flaw, and a good addition to your list of worth-watching scary movies.

Good acting by a few especially Alex Lawler, but all pretty predictable including the ending where the writers couldn't be bothered to think of something original or inspiring....

The movie is a slow build, enticing the viewer on what will happen next.

Chilling and a little bit Hammer-House, but always entertaining...

And I was a bit on the edge of my seat.

There are so many really dull, poorly acted, incredibly routine "horror" movies out there, this was a refreshing bit that's a cut above the rest.

A total waste of time.

British movie of horror is more intense with the audience and gives the audience the feeling of being there, inside the scene, not just for watching the horror story.

Disjointed and uninspiring .

There are very strong moments in each of the stories, but ultimately they were a little tedious and forgettable.

It is okay to have a twist, but if the twist leaves you feeling empty, then it has lost it effect.

One of my only criticisms is that I found the ending a bit disconnected from the rest of the movie and a little drawn out, it almost felt tacked on to make the movie longer.

The others are certainly spooky, but that first tale put me on the edge of my seat.

Ghost Stories comes across as highly proficient production, and as an easy and very entertaining watch.

It is genuinely creepy when you're watching it for the first time - though reliant on quite a lot of horror cliché (abandoned hospitals, dolls, failing phone signals).

Entertaining take on 3 scary ghost tales and fun and a good twist at the end.

Paul Whitehouse gives an indifferent turn as a security guard who encounters the spirit of a ghostly child in the drawn-out first instalment.

Good cast but quite dull.

A few jumps here and there but otherwise quite boring

This portmanteau film is made up of 3 scary ghost stories, all investigated by a man of science who is convinced the paranormal can be explained away with mundane explanations.

The three stories featured are good but pointless, irritating and pointless and the one with Martin Freeman.

Waste of your time .

A complete and utter waste waste of an hour and a half of my life.

Presenting a compelling story that stands out from most of the recent horror flicks I've watched so far.

There are far better independent British horror worth watching.

I mean that I watched it just to kill time before bed, and expected it to be bland and boring, with maybe a few good ideas.

The screenplay was always bound to be both bizarre and intriguing, since Dyson has been a past contributor to TV's "League of Gentlemen" and other equally surreal programmes and Nyman has been a major collaborator with the stage-illusionist Derren Brown.

The ending was obvoius, boring and not at all scary.

Honestly, the cases bored me.

Such a shame but still enjoyed it nonetheless.

Anyone expecting the film to be pretty with stunning visuals is simply watching the wrong film.

All in all, I found it really enjoyable.

This was scary, scary enough that an unexpected noise in my house while watching it, made me jump.

Besides the eerie environment, it looks like different people came up with different stories, and they were compelled to bind all of them together, which makes this movie an absolute waste of your time.

It's much more intense.

An unsettling, creepy, scary and unpredictable horror movie.

Highly chilling and enjoyable anthology .

So why is this even worth watching?

Started out intriguing.

In its basic form, it's three virtually plotless spooky tales held together by a big reveal at the end.

The tempo is rather slow and the movie only 98 minutes long, so every story and character has relatively limited screen time.

They are ALL better than this waste of time that somehow got funding and a famous actor.

Either way, its substantial, stimulating and entertaining.

But the ghost stories were bizarre and intriguing and I was waiting to see how it would all end.

I really enjoyed it.

In Australia I had never heard of it and stumbled across it on IMDB, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Feels like it should have been a 60 minute episode of some show, and even from that perspective, the ending was rather bland and the story had nothing to say.

Worth watching

It is the worst movie I've ever seen in my entire life.

Well, quickly summarized, then the entire movie was pointless.

The only thing worth watching here was parts of the segment that revolved around Martin Freeman's character, and also the ending.

The plot twist is totally unexpected and stays with you.

Don't waste your time on this when you could be watching paint dry.

Waste of time .

Is this one of those unexpected gems?

Disturbing and gripping .

The 3 stories werent that scary and left me wanting something more engaging and thrilling.

Except, they were all very clearly connected in multiple ways, "boring and not scary at all".

He was delightfully awkward and intense.

The performances are pretty solid and the movie mostly looks decent, but for me, the majority of the movie was boring and pointless.

I liked the beginning, and the first ghost story dragged me further into it.

Utterly Gripping .

Intensely scary in its moments & engaging & brilliant in its narration.

It was boring as hell and the story was just dumb.

Each of the individual tales are well told and provide the expected chills that a title like "Ghost Stories" is intended to convey, but when it comes time to wrap things up, the picture seems to fall apart in a pretentious gimmick that unravels in such a way that everything that went before seems meaningless.

" Totally worth watching, just for the, 'wait, what did i just watch!?

It begins with one of the most tedious set-ups in horror: the sceptic academic has their empiricism put to the test by the uncanny.

Story starts off well then it just turns to the usual mundane mad axe man scenerio that you often see in modern horrors.

predictable nonsens .

' It opens well, with a kind of 'found footage' approach to it, by interviewing our protagonist (Andy Nyman) as he's a 'professional debunker' who goes around Britain 'exposing' supernatural tales for something mundane and ordinary.

A few good scares and gags, but all in all very slow to get going.

He always teeters on the edge of over-acting, but he was nonetheless entertaining to watch so credit where credit is due.

We encounter shop dummies which move, little girls appearing, strange creatures jumping on top of cars and letting themselves in through the backdoor, apparent suicides, anoraked figures (with empty hoods?

It's entertaining stuff.

That being said, the overall story arc and the drawing together of the strands for the unexpected (although not terribly original) conclusion, is intriguing.

Worth the watch.

You can reflect on any one moment and have it fit with your new perspective, and new plot information, like a glove, fed with fantastic visual references and narrative details evocative of an incredibly detail oriented screenplay and a precisely planned production, to the point where the piece feeds the mind for ages after the credits have rolled.

Don't waste your time...

Concluding, hugely impressive and well worth the watch.

well made really creepy and spooky the twist at the end is amazing totally worth watching


Scary, funny, intelligent and all round entertaining.

A good cast, with a (generally) good writer but as always with horror/ghost stories the whole thing was very predictable and rather derivative.

It had great performances (especially Alex Lawther, he was amazing), all the stories were interesting and compelling, all of them had well crafted atmosphere and tone, the horror element was decent ( even though it had some stupid jump scares) and watching it again, it has a lot of easter eggs and elements that you wont notice during the first watch, something that makes this experience more appealing to me.

Just a shame that everything leading up to the ending had been so utterly and completely pointless and devoid of anything interesting.

The film is also somewhat bland with a never ending amount of jump scares which never seemed to grab me.

And it was frightfully devoid of anything scary or thrilling.

I'm seeing a lot of Casual film critics saying it's Boring, Incoherent and saying the writers don't know what they're doing.

When it comes to british writing, I personally admire the likes of Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris, Peter Baynham, Gervais/Merchant, Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright, or Charlie Brooker - substance, satire and sharp wit, which the latter few can also deliver in a way that can also be extremely suspenseful and/or horrific (Black Mirror).

It is possible that the dénouement might be seen by some as disappointing, but the slow-burning lead-up to that moment is very effective.

But all in all, definitely worth watching if you enjoy a good supernatural movie.

very slow at times.....

religious tensions that went nowhere...

Incredibly enjoyable.

Solid performances and a very intriguing and creepy story.

A well executed 'Tales of the Unexpected'.

Kind of entertaining .

The great bits do make it worth watching though.

It's just that it's really, really boring and seem to go nowhere.

As an avid horror fan, I found this movie to be boring, extremely dull and not effective, at all, in terms of being scary.

The rest of the film deteriorates after this leading to a ridiculous cliche and patronising ending.

But in the most uninteresting, far-fetched, cheap and stupid way possible.

Intense film - great plot, real knucklebiting moments of fear.