Last Halloween, I wrote a post featuring the BBC television adaptation of M.R. James’ “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”. Last night, I was lucky enough to stumble across its adaptation of his story, “A Warning to the Curious”, and didn’t want to wait until next Halloween to mention it.
Like the other short film, this production was part of the BBC’s “Ghost Story for Christmas” series. It takes more liberties with the plot than “Whistle”, but all of these are dramatically effective and, in conjunction with some striking incidental music, help to create a real atmosphere of menace that persists throughout the entire film.