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After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.

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Charts one family's encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. Written by Lionsgate

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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£1,127,679 (UK) (27 March 2009)

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$55,325,526 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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Trivia

There are some authentic (i.e. not mocked up especially for the occasion) photos purporting to show ectoplasm in this movie. However, though they were seized upon as authentic at the time; most people now acknowledge that what is shown is regurgitated cheesecloth. (Mary Roach's "Spook") See more »

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When the Reverend took out an eyelid from the box to look at it, it vertical, when the shot is from over his shoulder the eyelid it is horizontal. Yet back to a side shot, it is once again vertical. See more »

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Matt Campbell: Mom, if I die...
Sara Campbell: No! You won't.
[she turns and hurries out of the room]
Matt Campbell: [under his breath] ... it's not your fault.
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Worth the Price of Admission and more
16 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You sit down in the theater for a movie like this expecting a horror film, with all the delicious little things that make one worthwhile... or not? You never know what to expect these days from "horror" films. Here, you will not be sorry.

Sure, there's some gore but boy, it is SO not gratuitous. It is indeed necessary to the plot, kept to a minimum, and in some cases more suggested than depicted. There's lots of quick little frights to satisfy any fan of the genre, all well delivered, and a pretty interesting story line as well. There's a deeper connection than just the "family who moved into the haunted place down the road" between characters and storyline. It's the combination of the supernatural meeting the corporeal, real world. The young man who plays the son is AWESOME and all others turn in solid if not superb performances.

What really makes this film stand out is the direction and pacing. It slows down enough to add details - again, not gratuitously - but keeps the momentum going. The cinematography is exquisite!!! Every shot looks very carefully composed. Film students will find this a must-see even if they're not pursuing the horror genre. Showing a shape, a shadow, a ...face? was it a face? No, wait... this is the true art of cinematic drama, using the eyes instead of the ears to tell the story to. Remember the Silent Film masters who rued the coming of sound, preferring the dark pantomime and different lighting to really drive the moving image home? This film would be appreciated greatly by such creative minds.

Go see it and see what a horror film can be in the 21st century. A real winner, and thanks to the makers for sparing me the usual laughable "Scary movie" product from Hollywood. An admirable work.


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