Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Ash Tree

Continuing my rather haunted Christmas I watched the 1975 BBC adaption of MR James' The Ash Tree a few nights ago. The full version is below.

An aristocrat comes into his title and moves to occupy his hereditary seat. It emerges that his ancestors became wrapped-up in the witch-hunting craze and this inheritance drives the short narrative. It's rather a slow affair, but builds tension respectably enough. However, without spoiling things, James' original story relies on the visceral descriptions of some nasty little offenders. I rather felt that the film makers took an awkward path of not showing these grisly critters in enough detail, but also showing them too much to instill implied-horror.

Nothing can touch Whistle and I'll Come to You, but this is a solid addition to the great British canon of televised ghost stories.


  1. Thanks for these posts been very interesting. Have you located a copy of the Owl Service yet? That's also very creepy. Good luck for 2014 Tammy stay brilliant!

  2. Whoa! The Owl Service looks mental. I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for the heads-up Minitrol!