SUSAN’S HILL’S GHOST STORY aka THE SMALL HAND (2019) Reviews and overview

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Susan Hill’s Ghost Story aka The Small Hand is a 2019 British horror feature film about an antique book dealer who is haunted by the ghost of a young boy. So, he decides to investigate the strange occurrences within his life…

Directed by Justin Molotnikov from a screenplay written by Susan Hill (The Woman in Black), based on her short story, the movie stars Douglas Henshall (Dorian Gray), Louise Lombard, Adrian Rawlins and Cal MacAninch.


” …there’s jump scares, there’s lots of freaky things going on, there’s a tracking shot of a remote-controlled car – which is straight out of The Shining, and out of an ‘surprises’, there’s nothing that makes you wonder “How did they do that?” Overall, Susan Hill’s Ghost Story doesn’t really do anything we’ve not seen before, but maybe you’ll get a lot out of this if you enjoy ghost stories.” DVD Fever

“The direction of this adaptation of Susan Hill’s Ghost Story moves at a glacial pace. It is also heavily riddled with very corporeal apparitions appearing before the protagonist thus negating any real suspense or apprehension you, the viewer, may have had. A big disappointment…” Phil Neil

“Television is capable of delivering genuine chills – see last year’s Inside No 9 “live” special. I watched this one alone with the lights off, willing myself to be frightened. No such luck: I found myself idly admiring Adam’s radiators and wondering about his heating bills.” The Telegraph


The Small Hand was shown on Channel 5 in the UK on 26th December 2019.

Cast and characters:

Douglas Henshall … Adam Snow
Louise Lombard … Alice Merriman
Adrian Rawlins … Edward Merriman
Cal MacAninch … Hugo Snow
Paul Barber … Brother Thierry
Maryam Hamidi … Benedicta Snow
Woody Norman … Jamie
Neve McIntosh … Denisa
Calum Caulfield … Young Adam
Billy Thomson … Young Hugo
Andrew John Tait … Luke
Casper Knopf … Leo
Vafa Hamidi-Collins … Jonathan

Technical credits:

115 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

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