Dir. Lesley Manning (1992)
I had heard a lot of mixed things about Ghostwatch, some good and some not so good. Luckily for me, I feel that it fell right down the middle. It was a clever set up of a “live” ghost hunting special on the BBC, with call-ins and an onsite specialist to help with the proceedings. There were some nice genre twists, and since it is a progenitor of the “found footage” genre and even the mockumentary, there was a lot of room for play. Some good narrative twists, and the revelation of what has happened, a sense of being duped on several levels, created a fun and somewhat unsettling ending. Pleasantly surprised.
What I really enjoy about this is that after the fact, I can enjoy the fact that this had a little bit of the “War of the Worlds Effect” in that so many people flooded the actual BBC call centers with concerns that Ghostwatch was (and may still be) banned by the BBC. There is a 20 plus year follow up retrospective actual documentary about the phenomenon that I would love to get my hands on. Because I have a not-so-veiled love for both the mockumentary and found footage genres, this one hit that sweetspot for me. This also has a fun tone that I enjoyed with another cult mockumentary, WNUF Halloween Special.