Ghostwatch was aired on the BBC on Halloween in 1992. It was presented as a live programme, despite being recorded weeks in advance, and it was only ever broadcast once on British television once, due to creating quite a stir with the British public, who reported such things as glasses smashing, pictures falling and other unexplained phenomena.
BBC reporters give a live on air investigation of an apparently haunted house in Northolt, Greater London, at which there have been a lot of strange things going on. Through footage shot and interviews with friends and the family who live at the house, they discover the existence of an entity who a little girl in the family has named Pipes, due to it's habits of knocking on the houses plumbing.
What follows is a tour de force in the supernatural, and for a TV production, an incredibly effective piece of horror. Believe me, it had me jumping a few times, and it was an incredibly enjoyable experience.
Many of the viewers who watched Ghostwatch on it's original airing believed it to be true, even though at the start it has a 'written by Stephen Volk' credit, and was shown in a regular slot where the BBC showed dramas. I can only assume that the people who did consider this to be real had missed the opening credits.
The film really did manage to send shivers down my spine. The appearances of Pipes are incredibly chilling, and even though some of them are hard to notice, it really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you see the ghostly apparition.
Unfortunately, the ending does get a little over the top, and ruins any kind of suspense the film had built up through its 90 minute running time, but I can overlook it because the previous 80 or so minutes are so effective.
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