Airing this Halloween on BBC One, The Secret of Crickley Hall, adapted from the 2006 James Herbert novel and directed by Doctor Who writer Joe Ahearne, is a great treat (no trick). The haunted house horror tale stars Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey, A Touch of Cloth), Tom Ellis (Miranda) and Douglas Henshall (Primeval, Doors Open) and has all the makings of a classic, turn out the lights, Halloween special. Anyone want to guess the over/under on how many rooms people enter during the program with the lights out?
As the story unfolds, Jones and Ellis move to Crickley Hall (nice creepy sounding name for a home, don’t you think) in the village of Devil’s Cleave (equally as creepy sounding) a year after the disappearance of their child. Surprise, surprise, they quickly discover the building is haunted and unexplained events there begin to terrorise them. The one-off special also stars Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Sarah Smart (Wallander).
If you’re outside the immediate range of BBC One, think about the Psychoville Halloween Special or Shaun of the Dead. Maybe not as creepy but equally as great and definitely equally as classic.