Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has seen countless reiterations over many decades. They’ve all skirted the boundaries of horror what with the inclusion of ghosts and spooky happenings. But have we experienced a truly dark and twisted interpretation of the classic tale? It seems that we may have our darkest experience with the novel, yet, when BBC and FX airs A Christmas Carol, this December.

Why the sudden horror piqued interest? Take a look at the trailer, and you’ll see why.




There’s a darkness lurking, there, just as there has always been a darkness lurking within the tale. Add onto that darkness with the series being described as “spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul,” and one can’t help but get a bit excited.

The three part miniseries was adapted by Steven Knight, creator of Peaky Blinders, and each episode was directed by Nick Murphy (The Awakening). Guy Pearce (Memento, Prometheus) portrays Ebenezer Scrooge whose selfish life is flipped upside down one fateful Christmas Eve by a series of ghosts who will “inspect [Scrooge’s] heart and soul.” Andy Serkis (King Kong), Stephen Graham (Hellboy), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Vinette Robinson (Morgan), and Kayvan Novak (What We Do In the Shadows) also star. Rutger Hauer was to portray the Ghost of Christmas Future before his passing. Among the producers are Tom Hardy, Dean Baker, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe, Mona Qureshi, and Julian Stevens.

Knight’s A Christmas Carol, which he says is “… will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story” will air on BBC One in the UK, and will air on FX in the US. No date has been set for the three episodes.


Who’s set to be Christmas scared by the ghosts of A Christmas Carol? Will they outfright The Ghost of Christmas Future from The Muppet Christmas Carol? That was one freaky ghosty. Let us know on our Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and on The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!