The Enfield Haunting, Episode 1 – Review

More hype than scares?

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Sky Living brings us new three-part drama The Enfield Haunting, the story of the much acclaimed, yet controversial news that hit UK headlines in 1977. An all-star cast stars, including Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen, Juliet Stevenson, and Rosie Cavaliero.

The Enfield Haunting tells the story of a normal little house which starts to have some strange and horrifying occurrences for the Hodgson family in Enfield. With the media wanting to get the juicy headlines, they invite British Paranormal Investigator, Maurice Grosse (Spall) to examine the house and see if there really is any paranormal activity. As time goes by, he soon realises that the house is in fact haunted and yet no one believes him. Guy Lyon Playfair (Macfadyen), a parapsychology writer, visits Maurice and the family asking to work on the case and Maurice agrees. As the week goes on, more strange paranormal activity starts but Guy isn’t having none of it and decides to work on his own for one night to see if he can see or hear anything that doesn’t belong in this world. Maurice agrees and leaves the Hodgson’s home.

As the night carries on, Guy witnesses a curtain wrapping about Janet’s neck trying to kill her! He rushes upstairs to try and help her escape which he does in the end. But he then feels the power force that drags him on the other side of the room, against the wall, and then dropped onto the bed. Can Maurice and Guy finally work on getting the Hodgson’s home back to its normal self?

Considering that this was the first episode, I was slightly disappointed with it. I felt the publicity that it was getting and the massive hype, didn’t help the show at all. It was a massive let down to me. I’ve been looking forward to it for the past 2 months since it was announced and I sat in front of the TV expecting to see more scary things. Timothy Spall is an extremely talented actor and I can’t name one bad thing that he has been in, so this is a big risk for him to appear in something like that. I can’t say much just yet because this is the first episode, however I’m seriously hoping that episode two and three will be much better! Yes, episode one was okay but maybe they should have made into a two-hour long drama piece.