“ How slow can blood-letting be??.
“ We get to see an exciting car race, Veronica Carlson is great to watch and listen to, the misty setting provides a great atmospheric backdrop, there's a very creepy vibe in the scenes where the ghoul appears or is about to appear and there's never a dull moment.
“I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase the movie, but if you find it at a flea market for a couple of bucks it is worth watching.
“ Freddie Francis directs it all rather morosely, struggling to do anything with the derivative script and boring situations.
“ The movie is worth watching if you like horror.
“ Although often choppy with subplots that go nowhere, The Ghoul is still entertaining to watch on a slow weekend late night, for anything with Peter Cushing in it deserves at least one viewing.
“ Creepy and Suspenseful .
“Aside from this, the plot stumbles along with yawning gaps of pointless dialogue and actionless scenes, until the Ghoul is revealed at the end.
“At a party, two bored men challenge each other to a car race to Land's End.
“This movie starts slow and stays slow, as bit by bit the rather predictable details of the story are revealed.
“ Directed by Freddie Francis and starring Peter Cushing and John Hurt, it is a slow paced Hammer wannabe which should not be confused with the 1933 Boris Karloff chiller of the same name.
“ It never seems to receive rave reviews, even in these days of re-appraisal, and yet I find it thoroughly enjoyable.
“ The story is drearily predictable and stupid; the shocks are infrequent and ineffective; the gore is funny rather than frightening; the solution to the mystery is laughable.
“Overall, THE GHOUL is an immensely enjoyable film.
“ After several tedious scenes where we learn Lawrence lost his wife and son in India(including some very racist dialog), well, nothing happens.
“ A stylish but ultimately pointless exercise in bleakness .
“ The music by Harry Robinson is dull too, and the whole enterprise has an uninvolving, uninspired gloom hanging over it.
“ Ghoul begins at a roaring 1920's party where four bored guests decide to go drag racing and wind up at a strange mansion in the forest where a former priest (Cushing) resides with his creepy Indian housekeeper (brilliantly portrayed by Gwen Watford), and sadistic groundskeeper (a very early role by John Hurt).
“ At least how they end up in the perilous mansion is ingenious, as two rich and bored couples challenge each other to a car race through largely unknown areas of the British countryside.
“ The plot is repetitive and features a lot of clichés and stereotypes, several long parts of the film are dreadfully slow-moving and boring and most of all it's very low on shocks & bloodshed.
“ Filled with ornate woodwork, yawning fireplaces, and staircases that go up, up, and further up, this place is a morbid dream house.
“ I am,nevertheless a sucker for this kind of thing,the more clichéed the better,and despite the irritating elements,I still found the film well-paced and very entertaining.