I have a thing for Folk Horror at the mo. Creepy stories set in the countryside, most often modern, sometimes not and always involving ancient magic of some kind.
The Wicker Man starring Edward Woodward [Callan, The Equaliser] is probably the best known example of this sub-genre of film. However, its the small screen I've turned too as I've discovered a rich seam of television plays largely from the Seventies, which are all folk horror.
I began a few years back watching the old BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas like Warning to the Curious. I've seen quite a few now and in fact I've asked Father Christmas for the complete set.
They are, though, just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of folk horror TV plays out there and reader Tony K put me onto an excellent one earlier this year called Vampires, which I blogged about at the time.
Today I've watched Murrain, an hour long story from the Against the Crowd series from 1975. Written by the enormously talented Nigel Kneale it concerns village witchcraft in the Peak District, not too far from me here in Yorkshire.
With powerful performances, a dark landscape and a brooding atmosphere, this slice of rural sorcery is eerie as hell and watchable in every way. The brave lack of a musical score only adds to the fearful mood.
You can watch it yourself on You Tube here:
I shall watch more of the Against the Crowd series, together with any more folk horror I can find on You Tube. Some aren't available that way like Robin Redbreast  which I've heard good things about, so I'll try to rent the DVD.
Have you any folk horror TV programmes and films in your part of the world that you can recommend?
I wonder if the sub-genre spawned any toys or collectables?