Susan Hill’s Ghost Story aka The Small Hand – UK, 2019 – reviews

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.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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 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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