The Ash Tree (1975)

TV Short   |    |  Short, Drama, Horror


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Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »


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28 April 2019 | ebeckstr-1
5
| One of the weaker entries in the BBC series
The last 5 minutes of this film are very true to the creepy and unsettling MR James story. Unfortunately, the pacing of the proceeding 26 minutes is far too languid, especially given the brief 31 minute running time. There is also no score to speak of, which makes the needlessly slow pacing seem even more so. In addition, the casting and editing are equally uninspired.

One can see what they were trying to achieve by intersecting the protagonist's present-day experiences with those of his ancestor's, through some kind of cursed flashbacks, but it just doesn't work. The final minutes make the episode worth watching, but what precedes the conclusion is disappointing.

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