UK-based writer of poetry, short-prose and non-fiction.
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The Secret of Crickley Hall is a well-executed, disquieting TV adaptation of James Herbert’s novel of the same name.
Helen Nov 30, 2012
Great article! The power of fandom, like most things in the universe, can have profoundly positive and negative effect. I engage in fandom largely online and even that is frustrating- in the ever-connected world of online media, it’s near impossible to avoid spoilers (if I’m really bothered I just don’t go online for a few days). I love Lauren Brooks’ comment about films becoming a bit more fan-servicey; when art is not being created for arts sake, but for profit (something I think Khalid was getting at) it is an unfortunate inevitability that the creators will pander to the consumers.
WOW, sorry for the late reply, I’m still having trouble navigating the site (not because of the site itself but because of my general idiocy)!
I must admit, I do think the BBC have an irritating tendency to treat it’s audience quite patronisingly, and you’re right, I do think Crickley Hall was an example of this. Sadly, I am easily satisfied, and that’s part of the reason (alongside my shameful taste of cheesey horror) that I rated it like it did.
I’ve never seen The Orphanage (would you recommend?) but I totally agree with The Others- the atmospheres are majorly similar.
I think cliches pretty much exist as a rule in most of them! But I agree, I am enjoying Crickley hall (looking forward to tonight’s episode haha)- and thanks! Means a lot.