WHISTLE AND i'LL COME TO YOU (UK, 2010)

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WHISTLE AND i'LL COME TO YOU (UK, 2010)

Post by Wallace on Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:21 am

tHIS IS THE (jOHN hURT) REMAKE OF THE ORIGIONAL (mICHEAL hORDEN)  WHICH (ALONG WITH "cASTING OF THE rUNES") INSPIRED THE ANNUAL bbc PRODUCTION OF "A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS" WHICH RAN FROM , i BELIEVE , '77 ON FOR A TOTAL OF 8 OR SO STORIES.
 
The origional programs are much recommended for fans of reality-horror : which is to say, no gore, not much at all by way of special effects, just slow-moving development of atmosphere.
 
Many of the series ,and indeed of the M.R.James short stories themselves, share the common theme of disruptal of the belongings of the dead triggering the supernatural.
 
In "The Treasure of Abbott Thomas" an alchemist-abbott's  treasure trove of worthless brass,etc is disturbed. In "A Warning To The Curious" a greedy man is after the crowns of Anglia, in "Stigmata" (not a James story, but part of the series) a menhir is disturbed, in "The Ash Tree" a tree is taken down. In "Whistle" it is a human bone.
What is particularly unnerving in  two or three of these stories is that the returning of the  disrupted item does in no way deter the spirit from taking revenge. There is no way out for  these men who greedily or for scholarly/historic reasons, have pilfered from the departed.
 
 
In "Whistle and I'll Come To You" there is an ancient graveyard curiously  placed near the shore. The waves  have exposed part of a sandy grave and here a solitary hiker finds a hollow human arm bone. The latin inscription on it reads something like, "Who is it that comes here?". The man  irreverently blows into it.
 
The remake is a big disappointment. For some reason they have played with the very simple plot: the bone has here become a found ring, and  the story adds to the plot that the man to-be-haunted has just come from putting his Alzheimer-wife into a home. The spook turns out to be that of the wife, not the disturbed seaside grave!
The Hurt role is no comparison to the brilliantly-acted  origional (Horden)  role of an eccentric professor-on-vacation-type who is so cock-sure of himself an his idea of Reality (portrayed in a wonderfully, hardly-ever done buffoonish way).
 
The only thing the two versions - some 40 years apart -have in common,  is the recognition that to make some film truely scarry-realistic you require two things : gradual development and almost total denial of any soundtrack whatsoever. Emphasis being on sound effects only.
 
I highly-recommend you watch the "A Ghost Story For Christmas" series. Pretty well all to be found on you tube.
My personal faves being, "A Warning To the Curious" (Peter Vaughn) and "The Stalls of Barchester" (Robert Hardy).
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Post by Wallace on Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:35 pm

Trooble-mekkin' mens bin known ter sniffs arand these pairts.

Alser bin known ter disappear.
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