Haunted Airman 2009 R

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(148) IMDb 4.8/10

An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to lose his mind.

Starring:
Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling
Runtime:
1 hour, 10 minutes

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Haunted Airman

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller
Director Chris Durlacher
Starring Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling
Supporting actors Robert Pattinson, Daniel Ainsleigh, Scott Handy, Melissa Lloyd, Peggy Popovic, Robert Whitelock, Rachel Sterling, Chris Wilson
Studio Entertainment One
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Customer Reviews

Robert Pattinson did an excellent job!
R. Drouillard
This was a terrible movie and the plot was just as bad as the acting.
carrenr
At the end of the movie I felt like I had missed something important.
Mary

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Mary on October 20, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm sure that most of the renewed interest in this film is because it stars Robert Pattinson. If that's your motivation you won't be disappointed with his performance specifically. He was brooding, handsome, and believable in the title role.

That being said, this movie doesn't have a lot to offer otherwise. At the end of the movie I felt like I had missed something important. Maybe I'd have to read the book to fully understand what was going on, but this movie didn't give me a lot of incentive to want to do that either. Throughout the entire story it was hard to see the motivation behind the characters actions. I don't believe it was that the actors failed to effectively portray the story, I think that the script (or maybe the book itself?) was fundamentally flawed somehow. There just wasn't enough backstory to understand how the characters became the way they are emotionally. Additionally, the movie did a very poor job explaining how the characters' relationships with each other came to be, instead expecting the audience to just accept those relationships as a given. Without the proper development between the characters, it was very hard to care about what happened to them.

The music was also terrible. It had that cheesy, old, horror movie vibe and didn't add to the movie overall.
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118 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on July 20, 2009
Format: DVD
A tour de force for Pattinson as he takes center-stage in a film that has him playing a very different role that he did in Twilight for sure. A seriously wounded airman, Jugg (Pattinson) is sent to recuperate at a secluded mansion and instead finds himself a victim... a victim of nightmares and visions. The complex conspiracy that comes to light is fueled by those around him, those he ought to trust.

Pattinson fans will thoroughly enjoy this film. Based on the novel 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg", the BBC production is well crafted and, like classic horror films, shows a slow descent into madness for the lead character. If you're a fan of Pattinson, this is a must see as he IS this film from start to finish!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
Format: DVD
"The Haunted Airman" sees Twilight's Robert Pattinson flex his acting muscles in a demanding role. The story itself is based on "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" (1948) by Dennis Wheatley, an author famous for his thrillers and occult novels in the 50s and 60s (notably "The Devil Rides Out" which was also made into a movie by Hammer Studios). I read the original story and loved it, and that is why I picked it up (not because of RP's role in it though I must say I was impressed by his performance). By the way, this is a BBC production.

The story centers around Lt. Toby Jugg (Rob Pattinson) who is hurt in action during WW II and becomes confined in a wheelchair. He is taken by his aunt Julia (Rachael Stirling) to recuperate at the remote country clinic of Dr Hal Burns (Julian Sands who last impressed me in Boxing Helena). Soon enough, Toby realizes strange things are afoot as he begins to experience strange visions of spiders and other curious goings-on.

This plays out more as a psychological suspense drama than a true horror story. Those who have read the original source material will find some elements missing such as the theme of Satanism which was prevalent in the written material. Rob Pattinson as well as the other main characters are credible in their respective roles, but Pattinson's role is a far cry from Edward in Twilight. In fact, I actually think he showcases his real acting talent here, but that's just my opinion. The running time, at about 70 mins, is quite short, and there are no extras on the DVD, just a trailer of the feature. The picture quality can be a bit grainy, which I assume is intentional,to add on to the atmosphere. The movie, though short, can be a bit plodding at times, but this is a movie that portrays the emotional and psychological troubles of a young man, so the slow-paced storyline is actually appropriate here. On the whole, I liked the movie as it's high on atmosphere and psychological suspense.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Powell on December 12, 2010
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The Haunted Airman is a phenominal horror and suspense piece which I watched several times and each time I come to a different conclusion as to its internal reality and the "truth" about what is really happening. The story unfolds from the point of view of a man who is haunted by his past. Toby, Robert Pattinson, recalls having dropped bombs over Germany to obliterate life and is haunted by the fact that at the time he felt nothing even at the moment when he was hit and believed that he faced death himself. Ultimately, Toby sees dead people and spiders and though he recalls moments of his highest accomplishment in life as a war hero is afraid of the dark. Toby's point of view is unreliable as he descends into madness and why wouldn't it be? We know not whether his psychiatrist can be trusted, or whether the relationship with his aunt is that of intimates. The film delves the depths of Toby's psyche where terror lurks. Finally, one is not sure whether the ultimate act of violence is real. Isn't that what horror suspense is? Horror/suspense is not a detective piece nor is it a search for the truth. If one wants that, try Agatha Christie, James Bond, or Law and Order. Incidentally, Twilight has no relevance here. I am surprised that previous reviews mentioned it. Pattinson is a truly gifted actor and can make one forget Edward Cullen. Edward and Toby are not acquainted. Pattinson's performance is brilliant.
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