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mirandashell
08-05-2012, 10:50 PM
The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert. Directed by Joe Ahearne, creator of Apparitions.

The trailer looks good.

TudorRose
08-05-2012, 10:58 PM
Yes, looking forward to this. I love a haunted house story :D

Here's the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKfR9At3LFA

mirandashell
08-05-2012, 10:59 PM
Thanks, TudorRose.

Jericho McKraven
08-05-2012, 11:07 PM
YAAY!

zahra
08-06-2012, 09:48 PM
Nice to see a bit of ghostliness on the BBC again, but Crickley Hall? I remember laughing here with Seun about how flaming obvious the secret was, almost from the off.

I like Suranne Jones, though.

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
08-07-2012, 01:11 AM
Ok, I admit to no knowledge of the source material, and am going only by the trailer...But if you move to a place called Crickley Hall in Devil's Cleave, aren't you really asking for it?

seun
08-07-2012, 11:51 AM
Nice to see a bit of ghostliness on the BBC again, but Crickley Hall? I remember laughing here with Seun about how flaming obvious the secret was, almost from the off.


It's true. We did laugh and there was much merriment. I think my favourite thing was the word 'secret' being in the title and the secret being revealed by about page 5.

I'll probably still watch it, though. :D

BigWords
08-07-2012, 04:03 PM
I think my favourite thing was the word 'secret' being in the title and the secret being revealed by about page 5.

Would that be a straight or ironic use of the word "secret" though? I've seen it used even in instances where there isn't a secret for the reader to uncover, so it might be there as a gag...

I'm going to watch, regardless of the secret being obvious. :)

seun
08-07-2012, 06:54 PM
Would that be a straight or ironic use of the word "secret" though? I've seen it used even in instances where there isn't a secret for the reader to uncover, so it might be there as a gag...


Given the subject of the book, I don't think it was a gag. Could be wrong, though. Based on a couple of his books, Herbert strikes me as having a dark sense of humour.

zahra
08-08-2012, 09:26 PM
Given the subject of the book, I don't think it was a gag. Could be wrong, though. Based on a couple of his books, Herbert strikes me as having a dark sense of humour.
Definitely will watch it, must encourage horror TV. I wish they'd take a series of stories from the Fontana Ghost books and develop them. That'd be fun.

seun
08-09-2012, 12:04 PM
I just hope the Beeb don't screw this up like they did with their versions of Dracula and The Triffids a year or two back.

mirandashell
08-09-2012, 03:13 PM
Oh lord yes. The Triffids was such a disappointment.

seun
08-09-2012, 03:48 PM
Did you see their version of Dracula? Think it was around 2007. It was terrible.

mirandashell
08-09-2012, 03:57 PM
No, I don't think I saw that. Or maybe it was so bad that my brain has blanked the memory!

BigWords
08-09-2012, 04:03 PM
In defense of BBC horror shows, I suggest you look out for the Jekyll mini-series. They can pull off adaptations outside of the customary costume dramas (which are appreciated, but rather too common to be special) and their crime shows.

mirandashell
08-09-2012, 04:05 PM
I did quite enjoy Jekyll. But it is rare for the BBC to come up with good, unusual dramas.

But then I do hold them to a high standard: The Wire.

seun
08-09-2012, 04:24 PM
The Dracula adaptation had a decent cast, but whoever wrote the screenplay was on drugs. It was bonkers.

One word. Syphilis.

mirandashell
08-09-2012, 07:03 PM
Eh? The writer had syphilis?

seun
08-09-2012, 09:53 PM
Eh? The writer had syphilis?

Well, possibly. I wouldn't like to say.

No, there was a plotline in the Beeb version which was about (from what I remember) blood transfusions because someone had syphilis. Think it was Holmwood. Or maybe it was Drac himself. I've blocked a lot of it out, to be honest.

zahra
08-10-2012, 01:20 AM
Was that the one with Marc 'Trembly-Lips acting' Warren?

seun
08-10-2012, 03:41 PM
Was that the one with Marc 'Trembly-Lips acting' Warren?

Yep. He was Drac.

Going back to Crickley Hall, it's not one of Herbert's best, but I'll give it a watch. Hopefully, it will lead to more new or adapted horror on the tellybox.

seun
11-07-2012, 04:51 PM
Well, Halloween's passed and no sign of this. Maybe down to the child abuse events in the news recently?

Netz
11-09-2012, 01:02 AM
I've just seen a trailer for this - it'll start on Sunday 18th November.

mirandashell
11-19-2012, 02:18 AM
It was really good! Much better than I was expecting. Even made me jump.

I think I may get the book. Haven't read any Herbert for a while.

mirandashell
11-19-2012, 02:18 AM
Well, Halloween's passed and no sign of this. Maybe down to the child abuse events in the news recently?

Yes, it was.

Not Solomon Brown
11-19-2012, 02:49 AM
It was better than I expected. I thought we were in for another Marchlands.

mirandashell
11-19-2012, 02:55 AM
Suranne Jones is a good actress. And the kids were pretty good too. David Hemmings good. Dervla Kerwin good. So nothing to complain of in most of the cast.

eyeblink
11-19-2012, 04:14 AM
Recorded it, haven't watched yet (was watching Episodes 1 & 2 of The Killing III instead this evening) but...

David Hemmings? Didn't he die a few years ago?

mirandashell
11-19-2012, 03:04 PM
Ah... it is possible I have the wrong name in mind. I'll have to go and check....

mirandashell
11-19-2012, 03:07 PM
It's David Warner, not David Hemmings! I do beg his pardon.

seun
11-20-2012, 12:42 PM
Watched it last night. Not my favourite Herbert book by any means (still better than Ash, though), but I was quietly impressed. A few changes from the book didn't hurt it and a nicely done jump back and forth between the two plots.

Looking forward to part two.

mirandashell
11-20-2012, 04:00 PM
I was impressed too. Much better than I was expecting.

TudorRose
11-20-2012, 04:21 PM
Thanks for bumping the thread and reminding me about this -- caught up with it on iPlayer and really enjoyed episode one.

seun
11-20-2012, 05:47 PM
Strangely, the cliched elements (creepy landlord with creepy story for example) added to it. It felt quite old fashioned but not in a bad way.

hannahward07
11-26-2012, 07:34 PM
I'm really liking this...roll on the last part. I was a bit dubious at first as I thought it was going to be another flop, but I've been pleasantly surprised by it.

I was a bit miffed at *spoiler* Nancy getting killed, but that's because I'm just a big romantic at heart, lol.

mirandashell
11-26-2012, 10:39 PM
I'm still really enjoying it as well. I was kind of expecting that spoiler due to the big flag earlier but I didn't like it.