As with many horror anthologies, “Ghost Stories” is a mixed bag. Mind you, this anthology mixes up the formula a little, by devising a wrap-around framework narrative that is organically woven into its overall plot. It’s an interesting device and it’s mostly well used here, however most of the stories end up having abrupt, unsatisfying conclusions that manage to suck the air out of the room. Along the way there are some very effective scares and strong performance here and there (in particular Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman), but the ending is a downright cheat that conveniently brushes aside some inconsistencies. So, come for the effective scares, but be prepared to be frustrated and underwhelmed by the cop-out ending.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)