Do you know the story of “the most haunted house in England”? If not you’re going to want to watch the phenomenal horror documentary about Borley Rectory. The rectory itself has been animated around the actors and tells the accounts of many of its long line of residents spanning several decades. Sounds good right? Let’s take a closer look so without further ado here’s my Borley Rectory blu-ray review.
- Borley Rectory (2017)
- Genre: Horror Documentary
- Directed by Ashley Thorpe
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 1
- Released By Nucleus Films
- Blu-ray Released: 14 October 2019
Style / Direction
Ashley Thorpe is the creative force behind Borley Rectory having both directed and animated it. Due to the real building no longer existing there was never any possibility of filming on the site of Borley Rectory. That meant Ashley Thorpe had to get creative. And that he certainly did. Using a 3D model and photos of the real Borley Rectory he has brilliantly brought it to life.
It’s recreated with a meticulousness attention to detail resulting in an astounding recreation of the Borley Rectory all done in a fabulously stylish way. In fact I’d argue that the style really does take the horror documentary genre on to another level. It’s really great to see someone with the passion and vision to create something truly unique and stupendous.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Mick Grierson and Steven Severin whilst the excellent sound design comes from Martin Pavey. On the music side it really does fit together perfectly with both the sound and the genre. Top marks on the sound effects and the score.
Acting / Characters
This is a dramatised horror documentary that said all of the actors deliver competent performances that really do aid in the telling of the story of the so called haunted Borley Rectory.
- Julian Sands – Narrator
- Jonathan Rigby as Harry Price
- Reece Shearsmith as V.C Wall
- Steve Furst as Rev. Foyster
- Annabel Bates as Marianne Foyster
- Nicholas Vince as Rev. Smith
- Claire Louise Amias as Mabel Smith
- Jason Collins as Roger Glanville
- Virge Gilchrist as Helen Glanville
- Richard Strange as Rev. Bull
- Stephanie Walls as Mabel Bull
- Sara Dee as Ethel Bull
- James Cotter as Investigator
- Ed Berry as The lodger
Conclusion: Borley Rectory (2017) Film Review
Let me just say I was blown away by just how good this horror dramatised documentary is. I mean it really is quite remarkable and worthy of anyone’s time. As I mentioned earlier the style and attention to detail really show off director/animator Ashley Thorpe’s talent and passion. I really would urge you all to give this one a look.
If you enjoyed my Borley Rectory blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Asylum (1972)
- The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
- A Candle For The Devil (1973)
- The Changeling (1980)
- Regression (2015)
- Ghost Stories (2017)
Conclusion: Borley Rectory (2017) Blu-ray Review
The Blu-ray comes packed full of interesting extras. In fact I recommend watching each and every one of them. It’s very rare to say that all of the extras included on a Blu-ray/DVD are worth a look but in this case I found them to both interesting and informative.
Also included are three of Ashley Thorpe’s other short films that also show off his talent extremely well.
- Ultrasound of a Haunting (105 mins)
- Haunted Generation (32 mins)
- Night Visions (24 mins)
- Celluloid Screams (32 mins)
- At The Mercy of Ghosts (28 mins)
- History of Borley Rectory (60 mins)
- Q&A at the British Library (17 mins)
- Grimmfest Interview (11 mins)
- Anatomy of a Scene (10 mins)
- Conjuring Spirits (11 mins)
- Martian Lighthouse (5 mins)
- Scayrecrow (12 mins)
- Hairy Hands (13 mins)
- Screaming Skulls (10 mins)
On to my movie rating for Borley Rectory (2017)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Borley Rectory (2017) is available out now on both Blu-ray and DVD.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Borley Rectory blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Borley Rectory (2017) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Borley Rectory (2017)
Duration: 75 mins
Director(s): Ashley Thorpe
Actor(s): Julian Sands, Jonathan Rigby, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Furst, Annabel Bates, Nicholas Vince, Claire Louise Amias, Jason Collins, Virge Gilchrist, Stephanie Walls, Sara Dee
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A brilliantly anmiated horror documentary that’s a must see for any fans of ghost stories