WHISTLE AND I`LL COME TO YOU (1968 U.K.) D/W/P: JONATHAN MILLER
Originally aired as part of the BBC`s arts series Omnibus, this remarkable 40 or so min. adaptation of an M.R. James ghost story is an exercise in minimalistic terror. Shot in docu-noir b/w by Dick Bush, it stars Michael Horden (who`s great) as a mumbling, self-absorbed Professor on holiday at a seaside lodge who discovers an old whistle buried at the beach one day, and seems to be followed by some presence soon after. Using nothing more than a white sheet (!) and some creepy sound FX, this little-known (outside the world of British telefantasy fandom) masterpiece builds to a terrifying climax that stays with you by never allowing for any kind of release. The BFI DVD is highly recommended. With George Woodbridge. A few years later the BBC optioned an annual series of M.R. James Ghost Stories For Christmas, beginning with THE STALLS OF BARCHESTER. The great writer`s work was also the basis for several episodes of MYSTERY & IMAGINATION between 1966-68. WHISTLE was adapted again in 2010.

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