4.5 / 5 Dec 09
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark, M.R. James
Written by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Actors includes: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herrington
Genre: Drama, Horror, Short
Length: 50 minutes
I had no idea how much The Woman in Black borrowed from this, but it certainly did. It's part of the series of UK short films that aired yearly in the "Ghost Story For Christmas" grouping. It's just 50 minutes long but it's really clever somewhat frightening and very much to the point. It's about three crowns, the legend goes that as long as one isn't disturbed that all will be fine. Over time, two have been destroyed by various natural disaster issues and only one remained. There was a family in charge of guarding this buried crown but as soon as this hobby archaeologist discovers that the whole family is dead he digs up the treasure. Im not going to tell you what happens from there on but it's effective, great acting, exciting and well it teaches a good lesson. I'll definitely watch more in this series as this was a load of fun though I should mention it's not related to Christmas in any way aside from that being the title of the series.
Availability: On DVD