The Treasure of Abbot Thomas

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas ★★★★★

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas is probably my favourite of the Ghost Stories for Christmas from the BBC. It stars Michael Bryant as Rev Justin Somerton, a scholar who has found clues to the treasure of the title, though he heed no warnings, taking only a rational approach to the supernatural. This does not work out well for him. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas has a great seance; some genuinely creepy imagery, dark cowls. It is the most well-defined adaptation of MR James; the arrogance of his scholar protagonists, hubris leading to ill-fate. A brilliant short film.

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