Cold Creek Manor (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin to renovate the place they discover their new home harbors secrets, conceals a horrific past, and may not be free of the former inhabitants completely.


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Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past... Written by Gavin Nelson

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The perfect house hides the perfect crime.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Throat  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,190,574 (USA) (19 September 2003)


£136,556 (UK) (30 January 2004)

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Although born in different years, both Kristen Stewart and her father figure in the movie, Dennis Quaid, were both born on April 9th. See more »


Leah reaches over to turn off her alarm clock, set for 4:30 in the opening scene. However, if you look closely when she hit the button several times, you can see the time flashes to 12:00, showing that the alarm was never really set. See more »


Jesse Tilson: Hammerhead will bash your skull and send you to devils throat!
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Excellent Thriller********
17 April 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The naysayers must have seen a different film than I did. This is a scary movie. Stephen Dorff is excellent as the manical killer (You know it right off so this is no give away). Denis Quaid and Sharon are just fine as the Parents. This play on every fear you've ever had about moving to a strange country town. The Devil's Throat scene is nerve racking and the ending is very frightening. I think everyone today has become jaded and wants more and better monsters. Monsters who are people are always scarier...and this one delivers. The swimming pool will get you, too. Julliet Lewis is a strange character. I think she (and a lot of the town's people) knew about Dorff's character all along. They were too afraid to do anything about it.

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