The Great Ghost Rescue

The Great Ghost Rescue

Yann Samuell (2011)

PG Certificate


Our Score
After a family of ghosts is forced out of their home, this spooky tale follows their adventures as they are led by their youngest son into making their presence known to the living. A somewhat rushed opening doesn't stop the film finding its rhythm as a likeable comedy horror, while the novel (if slightly patchy) plot is garnished with light-hearted laughs and impressive special effects that never overwhelm. Witty asides help you through the film's sillier moments, and clever use of London settings gives the story a certain scale (pale-faced ghosts storming Parliament is a particular highlight). Kevin McKidd and Emma Fielding get most of the laughs as the bickering parents, while Buffy star Anthony Head has a small but delightfully slimy role as the publicity-obsessed Prime Minister. Light and energetic enough for its flaws to be overlooked, this fun fantasy has enough to keep younger viewers happy by being more than the sum of its parts.


A young ghost and his family find themselves with nowhere to haunt after an exorcist drives them out of their home. The youngster discovers many other spooks are in the same position, and tries to find new homes for them all. Fantasy based on Eva Ibbotson's novel, starring Toby Hall, Georgia Groome and Kevin McKidd, and narrated by Jason Isaacs.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Jason Isaacs
Humphrey Toby Hall
Mabel Emma Fielding
Hamish Kevin McKidd
Winifred Georgia Groome
Prime Minister Anthony Head
Brad / Barnabus Steven Mackintosh
Master Wraith Bob Goody
Director Yann Samuell
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Other Information

Language: English / ItalianColourGuidance: Some swearingAvailable on: DVD
Drama Children's