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Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 1:55:44 PM   
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Seeing as it's Halloween and all, just thought I'd post about surely the scariest programme the BBC has ever shown.

Utterly laughable now, but at the time - terrifying. And not just Mike Smith's acting. Of course, I was an impressionable 12 year old at the time so some of the older forumites may not have been taken in as much as I was.

But I know some of you will have been - so come on, who else still shudders at the memory of Pipes???

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 3:11:49 PM   
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I do!!

I remember watching Ghostwatch all too well. I was very young and utterly convinced that it was all real.  When the girl got possessed I just about peed myself.  But there was one bit I'll never forget: The camera was panning around the girls' bedroom which, I'm sure you'll remember, was the scene of most activity.  It passed quickly over the curtain . . . and past something that was unmistakably standing there.  The camera instantly stopped and panned back, but there was nothing there (woooOOOOooooh!)  It was the first and last time in my life that I have ever literally screamed with fear; I had to leave the room and so completely missed the end.  I remember drinking hot chocolate in the kitchen and just being so damn terrified.

Then my mum came through and told me it was all over and it wasn't real. 
"How do you know?" I pleaded, petrified.
"Because the ghost's real name came up in the credits," she replied.

But I really wish there was more stuff like that on at Hallowe'en!  Do you remember the impact it had, all the people who thought it was real?!  (We were kids; we're forgiven.) 

Shame on you, Parky.


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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 3:18:45 PM   
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Oh yeah, the bit where you see the 'ghost' in the bedroom - let's just say there was a spoiled pair of the pants in the house that night. I've actually bought it on dvd and you see the ghost 2 more times - once through the patio doors in the back garden, and at the end in the studio underneath an exploding gantry light.

And yes I remember the media shitstorm that kicked off - people ringing the bbc until 2 in the morning asking if Sarah Greene was alive or dead, the most complaints the bbc had ever had until The Jerry Springer musical I believe. Apparently one lad was so traumatised he killed himself (or that's what his parents blamed it on).

Scary stuff 

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 3:21:47 PM   
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I'm sure the ghosts name was Keith Ferrari.  Oooh creepy.

Having said that, it still shit me up like a Marenghi page-turner.

They showed a clip of it on Channel 4's 100 scariest moments, when the girl is talking in that deep gravelly voice, and I was suddenly 11 again and wanting the lights on.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 3:42:58 PM   
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When I saw this on telly when I was about 11 I was so shit scared. I was convinced it was real.

I was round a family friends and was watching it with their boy who was the same age as me, and we were screaming that we could see "pipes" standing by the curtains and both our parents said they couldn't. That just added to the horror for me at the time, because it was like only children could see him!

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 4:28:04 PM   
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Utterley laughable now ya say?

I beg to differ. I watched it a few months ago on dvd and it's still very unsettling.

Made me shudder.

It's was really good though. I remember watching it on TV and being terrified. I slept with the light on and made my dog stay at the end of my bed for protection

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 4:41:35 PM   
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For a spoof documentry it was convincing and distrubing if you didn`t know it wasn`t real and you were young. Having rented it last summer i enjoyed it again after 14 years since I last saw it when it went out but but when you know its faked its not half as scary. Its funny how we`ve all got braver. Most Haunted is just as scary most of the time when things have happened (although no appiritions as yet) and its supposed to be real and people aren`t as freaked out. Maybe because its not on prime time terristrial tv.  

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 5:56:33 PM   
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Remeber it well, although not how old I was (14?). Scared the shit out of me when you saw that Pipes bloke in the curtains, the whole thing was really well done.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 6:06:44 PM   
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Thing is though the Beeb advertised it as a drama and still people believed it!! Had such an effect-and proverbial media outrage-that it's never been broadcast since.Yes,it is still scary today.

Sounds like a typical day in Your Funny Uncle's life!!!

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 6:09:18 PM   
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It scared the shit out of me when i was a lad but i rented it about a year ago and was embarrassed that i was scared by it when i was a kid.Its got more cheese than Catherdral City

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 6:14:23 PM   
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Utterley laughable now ya say?

I beg to differ. I watched it a few months ago on dvd and it's still very unsettling.

Made me shudder.

It's was really good though. I remember watching it on TV and being terrified. I slept with the light on and made my dog stay at the end of my bed for protection


Have to agree it can still unsettle. I can't believe some adults were dumb enough to buy it - being a kid is the only excuse. And the idea they floated at the time that there should have been a permanent banner under the action was equally absurd.

The pan through the bedroom still gives you the chills though - I was waiting for it to hit DVD for ages before it did.

At the time I was an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it - particularly as it was 'set' a couple of miles up the road from me.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 6:51:36 PM   
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I remember being shit-scared and totally enthralled when I first saw this (think I was about 11/12). Was convinced it was all real until the very end when the whole Parkinson thing kicked off and, even as a child, it became obvious it was all bo***cks. Would love to see it again, though.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 9:21:02 PM   
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It scared the shit out of me when i was a lad but i rented it about a year ago and was embarrassed that i was scared by it when i was a kid.Its got more cheese than Catherdral City


Hang about, Screamy - aren't you like 32? If I was 13/14 when it came out that'd make you 18/19. I'd be pretty embarressed, too.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 9:54:00 PM   
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Sounds like a typical day in Your Funny Uncle's life!!!


Out of the context of that thread this is a little unnecessary.


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RE: Ghostwatch - 31/10/2006 10:14:02 PM   
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quote:

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It scared the shit out of me when i was a lad but i rented it about a year ago and was embarrassed that i was scared by it when i was a kid.Its got more cheese than Catherdral City


Hang about, Screamy - aren't you like 32? If I was 13/14 when it came out that'd make you 18/19. I'd be pretty embarressed, too.


Hey im not that old   i was 15

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RE: Ghostwatch - 1/11/2006 1:48:53 AM   
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Ah, good old Parky. Though looking at the acting now, I can't believe we were taken in.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 1/11/2006 8:06:56 AM   
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Oh yeah, the bit where you see the 'ghost' in the bedroom - let's just say there was a spoiled pair of the pants in the house that night. I've actually bought it on dvd and you see the ghost 2 more times - once through the patio doors in the back garden, and at the end in the studio underneath an exploding gantry light.


There's a couple of other times he pops up as well, - whne Craig Charles is interviewing the 2 women out in the street (althought his might just be someone in a Halloween costume) and when the mirror in the hall stats shaking you can see him in it.

I never was taken in by it, even at the time but I have to sat it was very effective. Seeing it agian on DVD still managed to give me chills, (although that may be becuase although it was not really that long ago the thing is just so dated looking)

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RE: Ghostwatch - 1/11/2006 7:10:16 PM   
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Oh yeah, the bit where you see the 'ghost' in the bedroom - let's just say there was a spoiled pair of the pants in the house that night. I've actually bought it on dvd and you see the ghost 2 more times - once through the patio doors in the back garden, and at the end in the studio underneath an exploding gantry light.


There's a couple of other times he pops up as well, - whne Craig Charles is interviewing the 2 women out in the street (althought his might just be someone in a Halloween costume) and when the mirror in the hall stats shaking you can see him in it.

I never was taken in by it, even at the time but I have to sat it was very effective. Seeing it agian on DVD still managed to give me chills, (although that may be becuase although it was not really that long ago the thing is just so dated looking)
I don't remember it happening with the 2 women, but during the interview with the man who tried to perform the exorcism on the house he appears behind him.  I swear there's a quiet jingle noise when it occurs as well.

Almost as scary as when the glory hole is opened and his face appears for a second or two.

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RE: Ghostwatch - 2/11/2006 12:40:28 AM   
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It scared the shit out of me when i was a lad but i rented it about a year ago and was embarrassed that i was scared by it when i was a kid.Its got more cheese than Catherdral City


Hang about, Screamy - aren't you like 32? If I was 13/14 when it came out that'd make you 18/19. I'd be pretty embarressed, too.


Hey im not that old   i was 15


In that case I was seven or eight, no wonder I pooped it!

I'm glad that others remember that pan around the room . . . I'll never forget that.  I'm gonna have to get the dvd now!

Oh, and Dragon Lady?  Wise up.


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RE: Ghostwatch - 3/11/2006 2:13:45 PM   
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Ghost Watch was a work of genius! Nothing has been done like it before or since - total class. To make it out to be a real live feed and then see strange figures, Exorcist-type goings on and Sarah Greene getting locked in a cupboard with the cats screaming was superb. I did realise it was fake while watching it but it still put the shits up me. Can you imagine the terror of the people who actually fell for it!!

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RE: Ghostwatch - 3/11/2006 2:56:07 PM   
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Oh, trust me it was terrifying!

Although students I show it too now just laugh at it. Heathens...

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RE: Ghostwatch - 3/11/2006 3:34:17 PM   
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Although students I show it too now just laugh at it. Heathens...



It's all good and well chuckling away with your chums in a nicely lit classroom - I defy them to have been in our shoes and not cacked it! All of 'em would

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RE: Ghostwatch - 3/11/2006 3:37:17 PM   
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Too true mate. I was a tough and strong 23 year old when I got it on dvd - and I was still so freaked out by the end I had to have a good walk around the house to get over the chills I was getting again.

Naturally, I tried to stay away from bedroom windows

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RE: Ghostwatch - 3/11/2006 3:45:25 PM   
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People have to see it to appreciate just how scary it was on fisrt viewing.  Just the other day, I remembered the scene when the camera swings round and sees Pipes for a split second, and I literally shit myself. 

I tried to explain why I had done just had such a violent momentary loss of bowel control by citing Ghostwatch, but nobody seemed to understand my plight. 

Bloody rush hour train passengers are so self-centred!

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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 7:02:31 PM   
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Just throught I would bump this thread given the month we are. Still a great piece of television - yes, some of it is dated (the expert now being well known as the headmaster in Teachers), but what it has over similar types of film is a fully formed mythology - I still think it is pretty great horror film, and as a 8 year old watching, I remember it scaring me so much I had to go into the next room, and watch Wall Street on ITV.


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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 7:59:13 PM   
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Coincidentally there's an article on Ghostwach in this month's Fangoria which I was reading on the bus this morning. It doesn't really shed any new light, but it is amusing to see Michael Parkinson described as "the nation's premiere news personality" and "top UK Anchorman".


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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 8:26:32 PM   
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I noticed the DVD was out of print and is selling for silly prices. I hope someone else re-releases it, Heck, I hope the BBC screens it again at some point!

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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 8:35:56 PM   
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All of those BFi ghost stories are the same - ridiculous prices

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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 8:44:21 PM   
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I'm not getting my hopes up for another TV screening sadly You'd think BBC3 would be the perfect channel for this sort of thing

It's a pity Channel 4 didn't make it really, they'd show it every year! And it would have been awesome as well, cutting to adverts every half hour or so, and while you're sitting there eating a late dinner watching an advert for Hollyoaks, the picture freezes, cuts to black, and then to Michael Parkinson with his finger on his earpiece, telling everyone that something weird is happening.


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RE: Ghostwatch - 5/10/2010 8:49:11 PM   
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Just had to Google the date of it to work out how old I was (10), and I must have been a cynical little madam, as I didn't believe a moment of it. Not to say it wasn't creepily done, but c'mon, what were the chances of something like that ever been caught so well on camera and on Halloween?

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