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The Appointment (1981)

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A family is confronted in their house by an evil force.

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A British haunting/horror film that starts with a bang, but then settles into a slow-moving examination of one day in the life of British family -- a day full of tension and foreboding. Written by Mark Craft <terra@compusmart.ab.ca>

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A slowly tightening noose of terror..
6 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is unique - the horror of the situation derives more from what is implied rather than what is seen. A young girl violinist who is has an insatiable need for attention from her father invokes a dark force to eliminate her rival, thus granting her the star spot in the orchestra. But when her father informs her that he cannot attend her performance due to an "appointment" - she invokes the mysterious force against him.

The visual/audio effects are incredible: some very Hitchcockian touches throughout, especially the "invasion of the house" and the "restaurant" scene. The car crash scene is a masterpiece of surrealism. The film wisely does not plunge us right into the bizarre but slowly draws us in - until it is too late to escape.

Only one flaw: why is the dark force invoked against the mechanic? Her father would have left for the appointment in any case. And why the missing part on the roadway? Worth seeing though.


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