Ghost Stories

A real layer cake, this horror lark from British TV guys Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman uses a mystery plot to present a trilogy of scary stories, which are then twisted into the narrative frame as if it were a Möbius strip. A documentary filmmaker who specializes in debunking paranormal events (Nyman) is summoned by a mysterious academic who hands the files for three unsolved cases; he manages to dispose of the first two (featuring Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther respectively) but isn’t prepared for the sophisticated country gentleman (nicely essayed by Martin Freeman) who holds the final piece of the puzzle. Dyson and Nyman subscribe to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it school of horror: the ghosts are frighteningly graphic but flash onscreen for only an instant, leaving an ugly afterimage in the imagination.