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After her passing and leaving everything to her only son, antiquities dealer and atheist Leon (Aaron Poole) visits his estranged mother's (Vanessa Redgrave) home which is neatly, but densely decorated with all manner and medium of Christian--and not so Christian--artifacts, making it somewhat unsettling. The house is also littered with stitched and framed religious adages formed into strange warnings.
The recently deceased Rosalind Leigh (Vanessa Redgrave; Nip/Tuck) narrates, explaining her distance from her son, her deep religious beliefs and Leon's resentful distance from the faith. In this modern approach to a classic-style ghost story Rosalind, haunted by her past, learns what it will be like to remain forever alone.
There is plenty of creepy in this house of angel statues and forces which would prey on the non-believers dwelling within. As we question where Leon's soul will fall on the counterbalance weighing Leon's lack of faith against those powers that would claim his ungrateful soul, he his hunted by some manner of beast outside the house.
This film features only one character that we "see." There are many represented by video or voice (as by phone call), but we watch only Leon interact with his surroundings.Read more ›
A couple more reasons why I actually recommend this one. If,like me, you can't get enough horror and thriller films, but you've developed zombie and vampire fatigue, you may find this one about the house of Rosalind somebody is worth renting to get that handful of very well done terror moments.
It's no spoiler to mention there's also a classic horror ending, the kind that seems understated on one level, then disturbing a few minutes later. After you've turned out the lights.
Beyond the scary bits, two things: great acting from the hipster guy we see the most of, and though I'm no expert, some of the best sound effects and overall sound I've heard from any film. Cheesy sound usually betrays low budget films, whatever genre. Not this one, it had major Hollywood budget quality sound on what I'm guessing's possibly a modestly budgeted Canadian board of culture film. And another good point: no shaky cam! Now that I think of it, better than average camera stuff all around --no camera man shadows where there shouldn't be. Many mega budget horror movies don't bother fixing wrong shadows these days.
What else it seems to me this weird little movie does a worthy job on...First, a familiar dilemma of the full-on macabre that in this film, turns personal: Ever been locked up at night in the house of someone you know who recently died?Read more ›
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It's like a film student watched Ti West's "The House of the Devil", wanted to copy it (mostly the tension) and essentially mirrored it by... Read more
I don't usually write about the movie in my reviews, I figure you can get the story line from the description and the trailer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L.T. Desjardins
This was interesting, intriguing and nicely filmed. I like puzzles and figuring out the whos, whats and whys of things (often to my personal peril but I never learn, do I?). Read morePublished 1 month ago by TwoCentsTomlinson
I love this movie, because of the creep factor. I like creepy over slasher movies. It's a psychological movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Iva