5.61 h 29 min200813+
Adapted by Peter Tabern from the award-winning novel by David Almond and set in 1960s Tyneside, this is the dark and mesmerizing tale of how Davie Hagan's life is changed forever by a mysterious stranger called Stephen Rose. Beguiled by Stephen's gift to mold clay figures and bring them to life, Davie quickly falls under his spell.
Andrew Gunn
Imelda StauntonIan McElhinneyBen-Ryan Davies
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English [CC]
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Harry McEntire
Peter TabernKirsten Eller
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3.5 out of 5 stars

31 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
BBC disappointment.
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This is a childish mix of Frankenstein and Jewish myths about Golem. Young actors were disappointing and the story bland. Watching how the main character treated his poor aunt was a pain. He was clearly mentally ill but not in a way that would be interesting to see in the movie.
Unfortunately, the quality of BBC production is getting worth and worth. Even the camerawork is no longer stylish like it used to be. :(
15 people found this helpful
Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Z-Cars! LOL
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It was a nice little psychological horror story. It was set in lovely Ireland and the people are known for telling tall tales beautifully.
Was it the novel he was writing or was it all real? You decide.
And the great Imelda Stanton can play anything from Shakespeare to Crazy Mary.
I had a good laugh when Z-Cars showed up. I do miss that series, even Roger Daltrey guest starred.
So, I gave it a 4 because of the acting. Too stiff. It needed an easy Irish flow but was too jerky and stunted. I think Mould was the only real character in it besides crazy Mary.
But sit back and have a slightly scary ride on a rainy afternoon with some buttered popcorn and your favorite cat.
8 people found this helpful
lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a film adaptation of a book by David Almond. It boasts a great cast and is very well-acted. The film is set in the 1960s in Tyneside, Ireland. It is a coming of age film about good versus evil that resonates with psychological horror. Irish Catholicism and faith are underlying themes, mixed in with a bit of folklore. It may leave one wondering just what is fact and what is fantasy. I found the film to be compelling in the telling.

The film seems ordinary enough at first, with a group of teens trying to avoid trouble with the local bully and doing things every day teens do. Then, one of the locals, a woman with mental health issues, discovers that her sister’s teenage son is coming to live with her. From the moment he arrives, handsome, gifted, and decidedly evil, things will never be the same for those whose lives he touches.
5 people found this helpful
AuntAcidReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Good v. Evil is the hub of the wheel of all mysteries, thrillers, suspense dramas, police procedurals, and religious teachings. But by what criteria can one judge the difference between doing good for the wrong reasons and doing wrong for the right reasons? Ah, there's the rub at the hub! The golem,( from Jewish myth) Clay, created by man to do his bidding, is one such creature caught in the gray area between good and evil. Made to obey his master, but activated by a symbolic charm ostensibly filled with the blood and body of Christ, can he? Ah, that rub again! Crazy Mary (Staunton), not crazy, but a simpleton, filled with a lifetime of religious teachings, swings between her own reality and a veil of lies. I guess you'll just have to watch it . By the way, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, an obvious reference to a golem, is made crazy,and evil, by his obsession with acquiring The Ring. But I digress. The acting is excellent, the score subdued, the atmosphere well set, and the outcome intriguing. Not a prize winner, but definitely engaging. Try it Mikey, you may like it!
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C F CastReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Irish Folklore
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The beauty of folklore and superstitions has a need of innocence in order to keep our ancient tales of wisdom alive.
Most will not begin it comprehend this because in the past 2K years any and everything about our human origins has been altered by modernization and mechanics.
Sadly, we've failed ourselves and aren't soon to recover.
Those who find this delightful tale worthy of praise aren't entirely lost. Hold tight. Embrace that which brings the very clay of our makings into goodness, hope, and oh, yeah, let's not forget love.
7 people found this helpful
Rose MagdaReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual but worthwhile
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I almost didn’t watch it, because of the mixed reviews. It’s certainly not the horror genre that calls for blood and guts being spewed, but a psychological venue instead, which is more my taste. Kept my attention all the way through. Thought the cast was great. Good acting all around. Cinematography was foreboding. Gollum was first rate.
9 people found this helpful
Red SonyaReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Nice movie. It has a good-feeling, homespun, old-fashioned flare. The plot is original, the acting is great, and the movie is entertaining from start to finish. It’s not over the top or complex. It’s easy to understand. I wish there was a sequel.
6 people found this helpful
EkatReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Modern Folktale
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Entertaining, different. A young man has mesmerizing abilities that cause people to do his bidding, and he has a sort of Frankenstein thing he is working on. It is about his relationship with another teen and with the townspeople. And it feels and plays like a folktale ... like nothing of this kind would happen in real life. But it is a little creepy! Enough to call it a horror story I think. Yet, it also is about coming of age, realizing the grown-ups and authority figures can be fragile, can be swayed. And it has a happy ending, at least for the most part. So I am happy.
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