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William Baldwin and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe of 'Halloween:H20' fame are both set to star in a new movie playing as brother and sister who travel to their family's ancestral mansion after their father's death. Discovering the hard way that their involved in witchcraft. Written by
An Excellent Subtle, Grim Horror Tale; High Emotional Impact
An unusually somber and moodily creepy movie, Red Rover is one that has to be watched closely to be understood and appreciated. It focuses on a brother and sister, played by William Baldwin and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, who inherit the estate of their father after his recent passing, including a beautiful old manor on an island off the coast of New Brunswick that no one in the family ever knew they had. After travelling to this island, Will (Baldwin) finds himself entranced and fascinated by the house and the island and the clues to parts of the family's history he hadn't known about; Kylie (O'Keefe), already mentally fragile after the trauma of seeing her mother die in a fire when she was five, seems to worsen psychologically and then to experience what may be deepening delusions or what may be encounters with the supernatural. Builds up to a powerful and unexpected ending.
It surprises me to see the acting has drawn flak; upon reflection I think it may be because the manner of the characters sometimes changes from scene to scene, resulting in what could be construed as a lack of consistency on the performers's parts. When you watch the whole thing closely and realize just what's been happening though, you realize how perfectly fitting the fluctuations are. The characters themselves alter through the movie, but it's not in a conventional 'arrive at mysterious house, get progressively darker and more temperamental' straight line kind of change. I feel the cast did exemplary work, and thoughts and impulses are more implied than spoken out or acted upon much of the time.
There's no doubt that this won't be for everyone; the pacing is just too different for the current era, and the tone too vague, like a very gentle breeze that it takes a while to place where it's coming from. I love this kind of slow, subtle horror though; love it as much as the faster, much more overt horror of movies like Dawn Of The Dead and Freddy vs. Jason. I think fellow fans of stuff like the 1995 Haunted (starring Kate Beckinsale) and a lot of the Asian horror movies will love this. Very highly recommended.
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