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Ghost Stories for Christmas - The Signalman + Whistle and I'll Come To You

  • Cameo Picturehouse

    38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ, Edinburgh (map)

    55.942883 -3.203998

  • Meet in the Cameo bar around 8pm for the 830pm spookfest!
  • The Signalman (1976) is a BBC television adaptation of the 1866 Charles Dickens short story 'The Signal-Man’. It was filmed as part of the 'Ghost Story for Christmas’ series; a sequence of short films broadcast sporadically since 1971. The series was developed in an effort to keep alive the - now mostly forgotten - British tradition of telling supernatural tales at Christmas. It was the first of the series not to be an adaptation of an M.R. James story, and the last adaptation of an existing story. The production was directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and filmed on the Severn Valley Railway.

    The Signalman tells the story of a railway worker haunted by a spectral figure that appears on his rail-tracks whenever disaster is imminent...

    Whistle and I'll Come To You (1968) is a masterpiece of economical horror that remains every bit as chilling as the day it was first broadcast, this was the first, and arguably the best, of the M.R. James adaptations that peppered BBC schedules during the late 1960s and '70s, and an advance warning of a new tradition of Christmas ghost stories.

    On a winter holiday in Norfolk, a solitary, eccentric professor finds a whistle carved from bone in a graveyard. Back in his hotel room, gloating over his find, he raises the whistle to his lips, heedless of the terror it may summon...

    Screen 3 so booking advisable.

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  • Alexandra S.

    Lovely spooky festive viewing. Seems I'll be coming straight from my departmental Christmas meal, may have to sober up but thankful to have a genuine reason to get away.

    2 · October 29

    • Amy L.

      Yeah this is my work night out. Would be an excuse to leave though.

      2 · November 25

  • Paul M. F.

    If I'm off, I'll be at this. Both great short films. Watched Whistle... recently for the first time, was completely creeped out.

    3 · October 29

    • Darren M.

      A Warning To The Curious is also a belter.

      1 · October 29

    • Paul M. F.

      I've got a loan of the BFI 5 or 6 disc box set, but think I'll be buying it. It's in Fopp for about £30.

      October 29

  • Rachel P.

    Damn it! I'll be a freezing cold bungalow probably watching rubbish tv :(

    1 · October 29

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  • Richard
    Event Host

    I love a wide variety of films and am always looking for things new and unique.

  • Alexandra S.
    Den Auntie

    Love films and love talking about films so I'm sure some of your meetings will appeal to me.... more

  • Darren M.
    Facilitator, Organizer

    Been in Edinburgh since 2006, beavering away and getting myself settled. I love this city.

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