In Review: Big Finish: Blind Terror — The Gods of Frost

Big Finish proves that audio is the home of horror.

Synopsis: Following the death of her husband, Kathryn Ellis becomes the new housekeeper at Hodder Hall, keen to embark on a bright new future… only, her past won’t let her go just yet, and the ghosts that stalk the village threaten to cut her future short.

Review: Just in time for Halloween, Blind Terror — The Gods of Frost by Guy Adams is a love letter to the Victorian Gothic ghost story. All the elements are there — the haunted house, the haunted people, and the weather conditions that trap them together in a bygone age. Listeners will be very glad that star Eve Myles’ love of horror inspired Adams to write this extremely worthy addition to the Big Finish Originals range.

Unfortunately, I can’t say much about the story without revealing crucial spoilers. Ghost stories exist at the intersection of plot and psychology. I can’t discuss one without delving into the other. I will say that the ghosts are real, and Adams employs multiple points of view across the six installments to give them depth. 

I do have one complaint, though. I thought the flash forward Adams uses was unnecessary. I get what he tries to accomplish, but it took me out of the story. He should have either integrated those characters into the story from the beginning or cut the scene entirely.

The cast led by Myles was superb. Joseph Tweedale, Bethan Rose Young, and Kerry Joy Stewart manage to milk their roles for every ounce of melodrama and nuance — no easy balancing act.

Additionally, Rob Harvey’s sound design and music supported the actors perfectly. Big Finish proves that audio is the home of horror.

Written By: Guy Adams

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Eve Myles (Kathryn Ellis), Joseph Tweedale (Isaac Hodder), Bethan Rose Young (Clarissa Hodder), Kerry Joy Stewart (Dolores Cutler), Bradley Freegard (Benjamin), Kezrena James (Gloria), Gareth Jewell (Daniel Ellis), John Cording (Lemuel Hodder), Laura Dalgleish (Pam), Richard Elfyn (Clive) and Guy Adams (Roddy). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producers: Scott Handcock

Script Editor: James Goss

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.8
Big Finish: Blind Terror — The Gods of Frost
  • Story
    9.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10
  • Music
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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