Banned BBC horror documentary comes back to life on Shudder, after causing national British panic in 1992
Ghostwatch was created by screenwriter Stephen Volk, but British audiences didn’t quite get the joke, leading to lawsuits and even a suicide
While it’s rare to hear of a movie in 2017 leaving audiences running out the door in panic or to the ER after deliriously passing out, 1992 was apparently a vastly different time. It was still in the early days of the faux-documentary style horror movies we’re used to now, a la The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity.
So when, on Halloween night in 1992, BBC premiered Ghostwatch, a 90-minute “news report” claiming it had real evidence of supernatural activity in a haunted London house, audiences quickly went into an uproar. There had been no warning that the show was fictional [ . . . ]
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