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The Marsh (2007)

Gabrielle Anwar , Louis Ferreira , Jordan Barker  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Marsh" on IMDb

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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

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Forest Whitaker in Derivative Supernatural Thriller February 18, 2008
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 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Door... February 12, 2009
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks originality, yet atmospheric and creepy July 15, 2008
I had mixed feelings watching this movie. The Marsh is not an original horror movie as I kept comparing it to movies like Stir of Echoes, Dark Water etc as I watched it. That being said, it has an interesting though not remarkable premise, and is well-shot. Gabrielle Anwar [who seems to be in quite a few horror movies these days] plays a children's book author, Claire Holloway who keeps having disturbing nightmares about her childhood and events she no longer remembers as having occured. Upon seeing a familiar place on tv, she ventures out to a small town in Westmoreland County, Marshville, where she leases a house she finds disturbingly familiar.

It doesn't take long for Claire to encounter spooky entities and experience disturbing visions. She enlists the aid of a spook consultant, Geoffry Hunt [Forest Whitaker] and he helps her discover the truth behind Claire's visions. It appears that Claire's 'return' to the town of Marshville has unleashed supernatural entities that are seeking revenge for a tragedy long past and Claire is somehow in the center of it.

The effects are good for what I assume is a low-budget movie - the entities look creepy enough, and the scares are the usual blink and you'll miss it kind. The movie also has a sufficiently bleak and menacing atmosphere, especially in the scenes where the entities wreak havoc.

As for the acting, both Anwar as Claire and Whitaker as Hunt do a credible job with the script they are given, though I felt this role was far beneath Whitaker's talent [this movie was before The Last King of Scotland for which he deservedly won an Oscar].

True horror fans who feel they deserve better may not appreciate this as much, but I felt it was worth a rental and the story held my attention till the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All he wanted was his blankie??? May 28, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Marsh 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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4.0 out of 5 stars creppy little mystery 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really enjoyed this movie it is a very good movie. You should try to see it
Published 1 month ago by Jeffery B.
4.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed this movie
I was really surprised by this movie. We picked the movie up in the two for $1 rental at our local video store. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PSUGRAD
4.0 out of 5 stars The Marsh
I like the mystery behind this movie, the story itself is kind of sad and shocking but the end is very cheerful for a horror movie.
Published 10 months ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Get The Marsh
Different and very intertaining!! I love the actors and was very surprised at how good the movie was. Highly recommend!
Published 11 months ago by Donna Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Marsh movie
Really a good movie actually. Gabrielle Anwar is adorable as it is and she plays a good role. Worth the watch.
Published 19 months ago by Bob Sites
4.0 out of 5 stars Deffinitely worth owning!
It was not the best BUT no where near the worst. I really enjoyed it and would deffinitely watch it again with friends. I highly recommend buying this movie. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Michael Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars The Swamp
The opening has our author reading to schoolchildren from her book, "The Swamp", surprisingly the movie is called "The Marsh". Read more
Published on March 11, 2008 by C. A. Luster
2.0 out of 5 stars This has been done before... "Stir of Echoes"
Anwar and Whittaker can't save this movie. Weak writing and old special effects don't help. This is just "Stir of Echoes" in a swamp and snow.
Published on March 2, 2008 by noname
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