I’m no expert when it comes to British television, though I do enjoy the heck out of it, but it is my understanding that there is a Christmas tradition, at least there was during a good bit of the seventies. Every year they would do a short made for television ghost themed movie. A Warning to the Curious is one of them that was recommended to me by my friend Dan. I don’t think that he steered me wrong.
This is a very British story. What I mean by that is it is a very slow burn that focuses on being creepy and not so much the jump scares that modern audiences expect. Not saying that there aren’t a few good frights, there are. But if you are expecting some slick modern scary Nun or Doll movie then this one will disappoint you. Personally, I prefer that the movie take its time and build up to the conclusion, which is exactly what we get here. While I saw the ending coming it was still entertaining because of how well it is presented. Let me talk about the best and most memorable example of this.
I could go on but I don’t want to give any spoilers away and the movie is only fifty minutes long so there isn’t a much more to discuss without ruining the best bits. If you are looking for a classic ghost story then you might want to track down a copy of A Warning to the Curious. I enjoyed it a lot, so much so that I’m interested in finding the other entries into the series. I also found out while researching this that the BBC revived the series fifteen years ago. Might need to check those out as well. Consider this a recommendation from me.
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