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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
Slow paced, slow witted. Poorly written. The most interesting character was the bad guy (Stephen Dorff) and he was as cookie-cutter as the rest.
What happened to Dennis Quaid? I'll tell you. He recognized early on that this movie was a dud. His performance throughout ranges from sleepwalking to hysterical over-acting.
Sharon Stone has an excuse. She's not often accused of being a good actress or choosing good movies (though The Quick and the Dead is one of my all time favorites).
It's not that the story has plot-holes. It probably does but the fact that it's so mind-numbingly boring makes that irrelevant.
And that's really the Cardinal Sin of a movie, no? A movie can be bad, yet entertaining (Plan 9 From Outer Space). A movie can be offensive to the point you don't want to watch it, but still well done. A movie can be insulting in it's blatant propaganda, but still maintain interest and create discussion.
This movie is just boring.
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