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Claire Holloway is a young, sophisticated author of a series of successful children's books. Her personal life, however is far from a storybook tale. Visions of violence and death haunt Claire. She is tortured by a darkness that seems to seep from the corners of her subconscious. In hopes of clearing her mind, Claire takes her doctor's advice to go on a sabbatical. She decides to stay at the Rose Marsh Farmhouse in the countryside, which looks suspiciously like the house she sees in her nightmares. Almost immediately upon arriving at the farmhouse, Claire is jarred by a series of escalating and unexplained happenings. She has plunged into a frightening world controlled by the ghost a ten year old girl—the very girl that Claire has seen in her dreams many nights before. In her search for clarity, Claire is joined by Noah Pitney (Justin Louis), a charming and handsome publisher of the small town newspaper and by Hunt (Forest Whitaker) a paranormal consultant. Claire and Hunt start

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The subtler scares work best in the Canadian-made chiller The Marsh, which stars a pre-Oscar Forest Whitaker as an investigator who aids an author in unraveling the mystery behind her terrifying dreams. Gabrielle Anwar plays the troubled writer, whose visions of a young girl in peril lead her to a remote town. There, the secret behind the disappearance of a local girl and boy--and Anwar's dreams--seem to be hidden behind the frightening façade of an abandoned house. Anwar and Whitaker are fine in their lead roles, but the film succeeds in raising the most gooseflesh when it tones down the blaring soundtrack and overwhelming barrage of special effects and concentrates on atmosphere and suspense. As it stands, The Marsh's mix of old-fashioned creeps and computer-generated flash is an uneven offering for horror fans. The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette. -- Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Gabrielle Anwar, Louis Ferreira, Forest Whitaker, Peter MacNeill, Niamh Wilson
  • Directors: Jordan Barker
  • Writers: Michael Stokes
  • Producers: Al Munteanu, Bruce Claassen, Daphne Park, George Flak, Ken Axmith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFDBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Claire Holloway (Gabrielle Anwar from Body Snatchers) is a children's book author haunted by recurring nightmares about a house, a little girl, and a marsh. She actually locates the house on the internet and soon moves into it! Strange occurances begin almost immediately, forcing Claire to seek the assistance of a paranormal investigator named Hunt (Forest Whitaker from Body Snatchers, Species, and Panic Room). The mystery deepens as the supernatural events intensify, leading to a final showdown between humans and the restless spirits. I was frequently reminded of POLTERGEIST and THE RING, but not enough to ruin things. Both Anwar and Whitaker have an authentic quality that helps in the suspension of disbelief. THE MARSH is a worthy addition to any ghost story collection...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on February 18, 2008
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Popular children's book author Claire Holloway (Gabrielle Anwar) is tormented by nightmares. It is about a spooky mansion and the surrounding marsh and in the dream she always has to witness something very disturbing, which is getting worse every night. Following advice from her therapist (and watching a TV program), she moves into a farmhouse in the countryside that looks exactly like the one in her dreams. And of course, she soon learns that the house is haunted.

Claire's decision to live in the house seems quite a drastic method to face her fear, but she is helped by a kind local resident, paranormal phenomena consultant Geoffrey Hunt (Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker). They investigate the strange occurrences in the house and the marsh, but the process is not particularly new or unique.

"The Marsh" has right ingredients to make a good ghost story - good actors, good photography and good production designs - but they forgot one thing: good script. The story is derivative and the film is not scary. The film becomes interesting in the final chapter, but the wait is too long.

Forest Whitaker gives a solid performance (as always) and Justin Louis is also effective as support, but even these talented actors cannot do much in the predictable plot and narrative that include typical sound effects, flashbacks and a creepy little girl in white. How many times have we seen creepy little girls since "The Ring"?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Polk on May 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Okay as far as scary movies go but a little ridiculus in some aspects. It actually has a story line that is usually missing in most horror flicks. Only the story line is a little choppy. Wouldn't watch it twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wanda hardwick on May 5, 2013
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The Marsh was an excellent movie. Claire Holloway a young writer of children's books has visions and dreams of violent occurrences so she decides to listen to her doctor and take a sabbatical. She decides to stay at the Rose Marsh Farm which looks like the place in her dreams and visions. Soon after arriving at the farm she begins experiencing some strange phenomena. She is seeing images of a young girl and an evil looking boy. As the paranormal happenings increase she solicits the help of a paranormal investigator played by Forest Whitaker. Whitaker, as usual, did an excellent job in his portrayal of a paranormal consultant. The movie kept you on the edge of your seat and a couple of times will make you jump. This movie has a surprising ending and I would recommend it to anyone that loves the horror genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm936 on February 8, 2011
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I was very pleased with the movie. It was a bit slow in the beginning but it picked up once she got help from the paranormal investigator. I liked the atmosphere in the small town with a big creepy house sitting alone. Also the camera angles were nice. They stretched in some of the hall shots and over head views were given in tight spots. I also liked the way the camera focused on the door with the glass rose. I also liked the mystery the movie revolved around. The ghosts were done nicely. Yes they were pale and the little girl had long hair but at least her hair was blonde and didn't hang in her face all the time and she didn't move in quick intervals.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RonTampaBay on June 15, 2007
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This really is a good ghost story... not a 'things that go bump in the night' through the whole movie like others (Messengers for example).

The plot continues to develop throughout the movie, and if you can predict the ending of this, then you are pretty intuitive. It was quite a surprise ending.

I really enjoyed it.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. A. WOMACK on April 29, 2007
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I have been looking for a good ghost story to come around. As a fan of the Ghost Story movie with Fred Astair and the Chowder Society. I was hopping that Hollywood would start coming back with some old fashion ghost stories. The creature stuff with the fancy graphics has become somewhat repetative. An American Haunting is another good break in the monotany.
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The Marsh is a pretty good horror even though there's a couple things that feel really wrong, but a clichéd idea to boot. That being the way events unfold in relation to the storyline. I'll get to that below. Gabrielle Anwar plays the role of a single woman who decides to spend her vacation in a farmhouse out in the country because she's been having strong haunting visions that draw her to the place. Hey we've seen this story a thousand times huh? A single woman travelling alone either desires to get away from a hectic lifestyle and finds herself in an adventurous mood for exploration, or in this case she's a writer/author who just wants to get an answer to a mysterious situation.

Gabrielle meets up with a couple people who work at the convenience store downtown, one of which she has flashbacks that something awful happened between the two of them, the other more frequent character Louis Ferreira who desires to have dinner and obviously start a relationship with Gabrielle even though she's obviously not interested. The most notable is the friendship between Gabrielle and Forest Whitaker's character. He's a paranormal investigator and can explain the mysterious events in the house. Louis can explain them too but he's apparently too determined to get to know Gabrielle better, so his mind is elsewhere.

The horror comes when either a mysterious little girl appears inside the farmhouse with psychotic looking demonic-eyed adults, or when things come out of the swamp outside with the freakiest looking scarecrow I've ever seen hanging back there. This movie relies heavily on loud effects whenever the smallest camera movement occurs.
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