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She is then requested to come to an orphanage where a ghost of a boy has been spotted and photographed. She dismisses the ghostly images, and accepts the task.
Florence is an independent and educated woman, who smokes. She reminded me of Anne Hathaway in this role. As her investigation proceeds, Florence begins to doubt her skepticism/atheism.
Interesting film with a twist that has clues. Good use of sound. Enjoyable. 4 1/2 stars.
PARENTAL GUIDE: Sex and nudity (male and female)
I love this type of horror story and I loved this movie . . . be warned: this is not a slick, gory, cheap thrills, special effects type of movie.
Anyone else agree, would you please let me know of other movies that are similar? I find them far and few between.
The movie is shot beautifully and the director trades cheap scares for a long brooding eeriness that permeates the look and feel of everything. There are even moments of horror genius involving a doll's house that will make your skin crawl. There are so many good elements that make it feel like The Shining meets the Woman in Black.
But then there are so many scenes that go nowhere, clues that mean nothing and a rushed (and ambiguous) conclusion that doesn't ring true. I must have counted a half dozen red herrings that add nothing to the plot and have no payoff whatsoever. And once you know the big secret of the film, playing it backwards doesn't make much sense either.
This is brilliantly acted, especially by Rebecca Hall who practically carries the movie, and the direction is perfectly creepy. The script on the other hand needed more polish - it could have been a indie horror film classic but instead leaves the viewer frustrated.
Rebecca Hall is perfectly cast as the spiritual medium- (read: con artist-) debunker who takes pity on the frightened children who think they've seen a ghost at a remote boys' boarding school. I didn't recognize the fine English/Irish actor Dominic West at first because I'd only seen him play an American in "The Forgotten"; his accent in that movie sounded so natural to me as to seem native. Here he plays a history master who's seen a little too much of war's fickle cruelty. The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent, with Shaun Dooley a stand-out as a brutishly stern teacher with a hacking cough and a guilty conscience. Ever-present, lurking in the background, is the true horror of that age, World War I.
But it's the young actor Isaac Hempstead Wright whom you'll remember above all the others, he of the haunted and haunting eyes. He almost made me believe in ghosts.
There are a few moments that will make you jump in your seat, but this is not a gore-fest. The overall tone is somber, some of the action horrifying in its cruelty, but it's the psychological violence visited on the characters themselves that forms the core of the suspense of the film. In the end, all of the main characters have changed, some heartbreakingly so.
I have to just mention here that I loved the device of the doll house.
This is a film that will leave you with questions. If you're willing to play along, suspend disbelief, and take it at face value, you'll enjoy it.Read more ›
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Awesome horror/thriller. I've watched this movie 10 + times and it never gets old, which is what lead me to purchasing it for my collection. Read morePublished 14 days ago by ShopTilIDrop
This is a British take on the classic ghost story, and it's an interesting viewing experience given the anniversaries of World War I that are occurring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Professor
This is a well-acted and well shot horror film. There is one incredibly bad plot development around 50 minutes to reboot the film after the case seem closed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Orson Welles
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