It was Halloween Night 1992. I remember I was 11 years old and staying at a friend’s house celebrating the most mischevious of holidays. Late that night, without parental supervision, we put on the TV to watch the much advertised ‘Ghostwatch’. It was (at least we believed it at the time) a documentary about a TV crew entering a haunted house for the night. The family had been suffering at the hands of horrible poltergeist ‘Pipes’ who tormented them as they slept. Like most people who watched this mockumentary dressed up as fact I was scared shitless.
Often I have wondered if the show that terrifyed me so much as a child would stand the test of time and now, thanks to the internet, I have my chance. So, here it is.
So, what did you think?
2 thoughts on “Ghostwatch”
This is brilliant, thanks so much for sharing.
I remember watching this back in ’92 as an 11 year old and being so freaked out by the opening sequence that it went off! Though I am now an adult and know the show to be fake, I must admit that it’s still pretty frightening. Yes, the acting is wooden and plain awful at times, but the setup and presentation are just great. Craig Charles segments stand out as great juxtaposition for all of the stuff going on in the house, Michael Parkinson’s straightness is credible and, best of all, the brief and understated glimpses of Pipes are simply incredible.
I read that this has never been repeated on British television, yet virtually everyone I know has seen or heard of it. It’s nice to see that it has stood the test of time. Though it did lead me to wonder – whatever happened to Sarah Greene and Mike Smith? (And I don’t mean in the show, I mean generally…)
I still find it very creepy to watch. It’s clear that it is the precursor to shows such as Most Haunted etc. who still pretend to be real. Isn’t it funny how scary those brief flashed of pipes were.