Borley Rectory – UK, 2017

Borley Rectory is a 2017 British horror film written and directed by Ashley Thorpe (shorts: The Hairy HandsThe Screaming Skull; Scayrecrow). The movie stars Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Rigby and Nicholas Vince. The narrator is Julian Sands.

The legends attached to the rectory at Borley, and famed paranormal investigator Harry Price’s subsequent investigations of them, caught the public imagination during the late 1920s, and would later provide inspiration for such books as Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Richard Matheson’s The Legend of Hell House.

This film examines the legends, the controversial investigations and uncovers a ghost story which reveals more about what might have been missing from Borley than what might have been possessing it…

Borley Rectory has its world premiere at Grimmfest in Manchester, Northern England, on 8 October 2017. They describe the film thus:

Ashley Thorpe’s “unique film combines traditional filmmaking technique with an elaborate mix of rotoscoping, digital animation and compositing, using a mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, to offer an immersive, atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain.” Borley Rectory also features a score by former Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Steve Severin.

Cast and characters:

  • Jonathan Rigby … Harry Price – author of American Gothic and Euro Gothic
  • Reece Shearsmith … V.C Wall
  • Annabel Bates … Marianne Foyster
  • Claire Louise Amias … Mabel Smith
  • Julian Sands … Narrator
  • Nicholas Vince … Rev. Smith
  • Virge Gilchrist … Helen Glanville
  • Sara Dee … Ethel Bull
  • Stephanie Walls … Mabel Bull
  • Richard Strange … Rev. Bull
  • Jason Collins … Roger Glanville
  • Steve Furst … Rev. Foyster
  • James Cotter … Investigator
  • Ed Berry … The lodger
  • Sabrina Dickens … The Phantom Nun


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4 Comments on “Borley Rectory – UK, 2017”

  1. I live with Sunex Amures He has been in my subconscious mind for many years.It is a long story that I have never told anyone

      1. Yes jf this had not happened to me I would understand how you feel, it did and I have to live with it.It it is still on going.In my sleep sometimes I here a frantic call JOHN JOHN JOHN I wake up thinking what is wrong .Only to find my wife sound asleep beside me.

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