The Mail on Sunday - Event - - FILM - Christo­pher Bray

The Ghoul (15) ★★★★ is the ti­tle of a sub-Ham­mer hor­ror Seven­ties cheapie in which a young John Hurt’s vi­tals are so vi­o­lently vi­o­lated that he makes a face al­most as pained as that of the viewer.

And it’s now the ti­tle of one of the most chal­leng­ing Brit­flicks in years – a mod­ernist mur­der mys­tery with gothic un­der­tones.

It starts with a weirdo do­mes­tic killing. A cou­ple have been gunned down – yet foren­sics in­sist that they kept on mov­ing to­wards their mur­derer af­ter the shots were fired.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads un­der­cover de­tec­tive Chris (Tom Meeten) to the of­fices of a shrink (Ni­amh Cu­sack), where he feigns men­tal ill­ness in the hope of learn­ing more about one of her pa­tients.

Or does he? Could it be that Chris is feign­ing be­ing a cop and is in fact gen­uinely batso? I couldn’t pos­si­bly say, largely be­cause I don’t have a clue… More ghostly noir with

The Marker (15) ★★★. Fred­er­ick Sch­midt plays the Dick­en­sianly named Mar­ley, a vil­lain fresh out of prison, de­ter­mined to hunt down the girl whose mother he killed and… look af­ter her.

Justin Edgar’s pic­ture is a grim and grimy ex­pe­ri­ence that left me want­ing a hot bath. But it’s worth stick­ing with for John Han­nah, cast against type as a mur­der­ous heavy, in what ought to have been called Four Wound­ings And A Fu­neral. It’s a good week for oldies. See No Evil (15) ★★★★ comes from the pen of Avengers cre­ator Brian Cle­mens. Mia Far­row is a blind girl who re­turns home and grad­u­ally re­alises what we can plainly see – that her fam­ily has been slaugh­tered. Ter­ror en­sues in this nicely ef­fec­tive 1971 chiller. With Robert Red­ford, Jane Fonda, Mar­lon Brando and Angie Dick­in­son – Arthur Penn’s south­ern-fried drama The Chase (15) ★★★★★ is one star-stud­ded movie. It’s a text­book ex­am­ple of en­sem­ble act­ing, and de­pic­tion of Amer­ica on the verge of apoc­a­lypse. A mas­ter­piece.

Alice Lowe in The Ghoul

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