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The Marsh

3.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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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: Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, Justin Louis
  • Directors: Jordan Barker
  • Producers: George Flak
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFDBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2009
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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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I'm no medical expert, but from a purely clinical viewpoint it seems a big stretch that an individual could block out the entirety of a life trauma of that magnitude and then carry on with her life and grow up as though nothing had ever happened.
While I understand that although the trauma was deeply buried in her subconscious, hence the nightmares and influence upon her literary style; there remain gaps of logic within the storyline too obvious to ignore.

Her behavior and or acting is strangely episodic and uneven; conveying a detached and sanguine attitude in scenes where one expects a more robust reaction to certain events and interaction with the psychic and other characters. The obverse side of the coin is also demonstrated and only adds to the viewers frustration with comprehending the full extent of the plots intention.

Mr. Whitaker is disappointing but I would venture to guess that he did the best he could with the scripted character possessed with an oddly jovial and almost nonchalant approach to his own gifts as well as the situation as a whole.

There are fleeting glimpses of brilliance trying to break through on occasion, but the ending is too silly and predictable.

I would highly recommend watching Kevin Bacon in "Stir of Echoes" instead.
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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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I loved it, this surprised me, it was scary, mysterious, and paranorma-ish. I thought of Gabrielle Anwar as a tomboyish, blow them up, shoot them up girl, but she supprised me in this one. I never thought of as a horror,mystery, thriller actresses before.
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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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