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Ghost Stories

98+ min. Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman, dist. by Shout! Factory, www.shoutfactory.com. 2018. DVD UPC 826663189582. $16.97; Blu-ray UPC 826663189599. $22.97. F/HORROR
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Influential critical investigator Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne) requests a meeting with psychic debunker Professor Goodman (writer/director Nyman), who jumps at the chance to meet his boyhood idol. Upon arrival, Charles challenges the skeptic with three terrifying cases that turned him into a believer in the supernatural. These investigations involve a jittery night security guard at an abandoned asylum, a young man's unexpected encounter with an unnatural creature in the woods, and a businessman experiencing otherworldly energies in his upscale home. While interviewing witnesses, Goodman sees glimpses of something sinister following far behind him. Will Professor Goodman come to the same conclusions that transformed the skeptical Charles and drove him into hiding? What dire consequences will occur if the professor admits that the unreal could be real?
VERDICT A carefully paced modern take on traditional tales of phantoms and monsters, with some nifty, reality-rending twists and unusual filmmaking sleight of hand, the film delivers scares and dramatic storytelling equally. [See Trailers, LJ 8/18.]

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