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Half Light (2006)

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Rachel Carlson, a successful novelist moves to a small Scottish village to move on with her life after the death of her son. Strange things start to happen when she is haunted by ghosts and real life terror.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beans El-Balawi ...
Thomas Carlson (as Beans Balawi)
Therese Bradley ...
Mickey Wilson ...
Reverend James McMahon (as Michael Wilson)
Polly Frame ...
Ceit Kearney ...
Gaelic Speaking Woman
Nichola Bee ...
Kate McCulloch (as Nichola B)
Jamie Edgell ...
Gordon McCloud
Anne Smith ...
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After the tragic drowning of her 5 year old son, best selling thriller novelist Rachel Carlson moves to a remote cottage on the Scottish coast. But Rachel's demons have followed her as loneliness and paranoia leave her not knowing what's real and what's imagination in the fight to save her life. Written by Ashli

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17 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alacakaranlik  »

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$38,918 (South Africa) (26 May 2006)


$610,792 (Mexico) (4 August 2006)

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The movie the family is watching on TV is "Dead of Night" (1945). See more »


When Rachel see her son at the dock and he pulls her in the water. Between the shots of Thomas pulling her leg you see clearly see a grown man in a wig pulling her leg as well not showing his face. See more »


Rachel Carlson: Why is it everyone paints their boats the exact same color as their houses?
Angus McCulloch: Well, that's actually a tradition here. The wife needs to be able to look out on the water and know her husband's okay.
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Angus McCulloch: And we also get a tax-break on the paint, which is also very romantic.
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Surprisingly good... give it time!
16 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see a copy of this with my wife recently... and wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! The acting of all characters was very good, with Ms. Moore putting in an excellent, yet sometimes implausible (scripting?), performance. The shooting of the film is excellent with the locations adding much to the feeling of the film. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing, even if you think you have it worked out within the first half, as we both did, you'll doubt yourself from then on in.

My one criticism is the start of the film. It feels somewhat piecemeal and directionless, perhaps on purpose to mirror the main characters state of mind, but it just doesn't seem to gel, and the scoring feels the same, however don't let that stop you watching this film as once past the first few scenes you will be tripping over yourself trying to figure it out.

All told this was a well produced, well filmed, well acted movie, and don't believe any of the 'horror' tags, it's more suspense/thriller, and very good to boot!

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