As an avid fan of all things that go bump in the night. The BBC’s 1992 Ghostwatch has an almost Orson Welles like legendary status. This show presented its self to its audience as a factual exploration into the paranormal focusing on a live vigil within a haunted house in London and a sprit called “Pipes”
“Do you think Mr. Pipes has come to hurt you?
..I think he’s come to hurt everybody. I think he wants to do nasty things.”
Mr Pipes as it would slowly be realised by the British public was the work of writer Steven Volk. A drama shot to look and feel like live event TV. Even including real TV presenters to add to the realism. Although now some what a cult classic among fans at the time not all of the public saw the fun side, up until a number of years ago ‘Ghostwatch’ was still the single programme with the highest number of complaints in British television history. And hence has never been repeated and has been disowned by the BBC.
Now with the advent of the internet it can be found on all sorts of sites and DVD with special features and interviews. Shudder a subscription video on demand service (like Netflix) featuring horror films and programmes will at last bring Ghostwatch back to the TV screens by adding it to its services so a whole new generation can see what all the thrills were about. Yes it is a bit dated, it is a slow burn. But then in my opinion the best ghost stories are very slow burners, the ones that don’t reveal to much of the creature, there’s no cheap scares or over the top gore. This is horror that lurks in the back of your mind, waiting for that night in alone.
“ by the way did you lock THAT upstairs window and what was that creaking upon the stairs???”