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ALl goes well for a few hours, then strange noises begin to happen. Objects move about with no explanation. Video footage of the young couple who once lived in the house is found by Murphy in the attic of the house. It is eventually revealed in flashbacks that there was some sinister activities in the house in the years that had passed. Surprise!! The 'twist' in the end is not much of a twist at all, and Murphy looks spaced out and dazed throughout the film (kind of how she looked in "Don't say a Word," only a decade or so older.) Needless to say, this role is no stretch for Murphy.
Thora Birch is creepy and believable as the ghost woman in the flashbacks, and her performance creates an eerie, tense mood that make the film a worthwhile rental for fans of this genre, but not much more.
Brittany Murphy plays as a screenwriter who has just moved into a creepy, old mansion to complete her new script. The movie is filled with odd sounds and bumps in the night, which was glorified in the original Shirley Jackson classic, "The Haunting".
About less than midway in the film Murphy finds a collection of home videos of the previous owners. Of course she watches her find and becomes obsessed. On tape is the documentation of a disgruntled married couple, played by Thora Birch and Marc Blucas. Quickly, she discovers there are frightening similarities between Thora and herself. Brittany discovers later that Thora is murdered and her ghost still haunts the estate.
At first, this movie moves like an Asian horror film, its creepy and almost poetic with its style, however, theres only one problem. There is a scene where Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is playing, Murphy follows the music and sees dead Thora Birch playing the piano, instead of Birch slowly turning to face Murphy the scene becomes loud and obnoxious with poor cgi effects. The result was a cheap scare that lacked a jump. In this one specific scene I have listed two facts that annoyed me. 1. The director went for a poor scare tactic vs. the ghost slowly turning and facing Murphy. 2. PLEASE FORGET CGI WHEN SOMETHING IS SIMPLE *as in Thora's deathly makeup* BE CREATIVE AND USE OLD SCHOOL EFECTS! If Dick Smith could shock millions with makeup and latex what is stopping Hollywood now?
Instead of giving up on the movie, I watched it till the end and the twist was redeeming.Read more ›
Something was wrong with her in this film. She looks drugged. There is a scene where her character falls asleep, with her head resting on a table. We see a 'ghost' walk behind her. The action called for Brittany to snap awake, with a startled gasp. But as you watch this moment in the film, it looks off, and this is because Brittany's eyes are glazed and she is unable to open them wide in surprise. She makes the gasp and quickly lifts her head, as directed, but she is simply too out of it to carry the action through to her eyes. It saddens me that this once amazing young star is forever caught on film in this sort of stupor. Rumor has it that she was nodding off and passing out between takes, and sadly, I believe them.
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this movie has its moments it was too slow pace for me. it does have a unique plot and some creepy moments but it takes too long for them to comePublished 1 month ago by Victoria
Cliff notes version: An emotionally wounded writer named Alice,(Murphy) decides to stay in a large, Victorian mansion in the middle of nowhere (of course. Read morePublished 2 months ago by I Heart Corgis
This was a good movie. Once it came out I couldn't wait to own this movie. For the reason that I like Brittany Murphy's movies and because this was her last movie before she passed... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sugga40827
This is an interesting psychological murder mystery with just the right light touch of the supernatural to provide a subtle piquant character to the storyline. Read morePublished 13 months ago by lawrence chan
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