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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 <>

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From Its Opening Scene, This Is A Well-Ordered Piece, Thanks To The Able Leadership Of Writer/Director Vickers.
27 June 2008 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Lindsey Vickers, who scripts and directs this enigmatic film, offers a viewer just enough information to raise questions, at the same time presenting enough plums in the pudding to warrant an alert audience wishing for answers in return, but providentially style triumphs over substance. Vickers constructs an unquestionably suspenseful tale of predestination that revolves about a talented young violinist who manifestly possesses significant preternatural powers, more than sufficient to drastically affect those about her. Action opens with a three year flashback scene as we view a 12 year old girl carrying her casebound violin while walking from her school toward her home, traversing a secluded coppice, Crombie Wood, wherein she is suddenly seized (in a highly eerie scene) by a baleful force that slaughters her. Three years after, Joanne Cameron (Samantha Weysom), a 14 year old student at the same school, and also a violinist of a high order, is seen approaching a now abandoned Crombie Wood (fenced to discourage any who might otherwise trudge through it) where she speaks at the barrier to someone or something unseen just within the enclosure. Joanne's affection for her father Ian (Edward Woodward) is obsessive, and when he cannot attend her solo examination recital because of a business appointment, the child's paranormal facility is apparently utilized in the service of evil, thereby raising nocturnal havoc with Ian and Joanne's mother Dianna (Jane Merrow), as the married pair have nightmares in union that share numerous dire elements. In the morning following the tandem bad dreams, Ian drives to his business appointment in a loaned automobile, as his is being serviced, and it is soon apparent that vital auto related components from within the nightmare are being enacted during the light of day, and a powerful perception of upcoming danger is fashioned through the script. It is this premonition of dread that securely establishes the tension marking the film from its opening scene, a viewer wondering specifically how, or if, Ian will be victimized consonant with the display of frightful events that comprised a large portion of the mentioned dreams. Well-wrought and intense domestically flavoured episodes mingle congruent with scenes of suspense, according credible shape to the whole. Helping to nourish a viewer's interest are nicely conceived passages showcasing visual and aural synchronicity, based for the largest part upon the dream sequences, while a gripping atonal score by Trevor Jones and resourceful camera-work from Brian West provide intensive underpinning to a film that never retreats away from the plot line perception of Vickers. Especial note shall be made of a solo car crash occurrence that is shot and edited in a highly persuasive manner. Acting honours are to the expressive Merrow for her turn as a decisive pivot between her husband and daughter. Filmed to a large extent within scenic Snowdonia National Park of North Wales, this undervalued film had but infrequent theatrical showings before being released to video and has not since emerged in a DVD format.

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