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Ingrid Bolsø Berdal,
Rolf Kristian Larsen,
Tomas Alf Larsen
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.
Henry Ian Cusick,
Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.
After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I FULLY agree with 'Slasherpool.com's external review: Very lame...
Man... How do I put this without sounding unhinged...
Okay, first and foremost, ANY time I wish to read about a film that I am interested in I ALWAYS read the 'External' reviews first, which for me personally especially where Horror films are involved, I rely on COMPLETELY as opposed to the 'User' reviews. Those are usually much more balanced and you can count of the fact that they are genuine and NOT 'plants'. Admittedly, Horror is EXTREMELY subjective, so perhaps some may enjoy this film; although I'm sorry but I must admit that I most certainly did not, and to me at least some of these 'rave reviews' are so calculatingly worded as to how 'wonderful' the film is in EVERY way that it makes me a bit nauseous. I don't know, maybe I just have gas...
For what it's worth, at least for my personal taste, ANY time there is a Horror film that catches my eye I always try to see if 'Slasherpool's site has reviewed it, because many times I do agree with their taste and their reviews. This one had 1 star out of a possible 5. Now, in his case he had seen the original and felt that this one was a complete travesty by comparison. He also stated that as a stand alone film not taking into account the original that it was then just very poor instead of abysmal. Just thought I'd share his words since I don't know how many take the time to read the 'External Reviews. To me, his are usually right on the nose and what I really appreciate about his reviews is that whether it is a tame PG-13 film like this one or a horrendous Slasher film, he treats them all equally as to their cinematic merits. It's really a good site! (BTW, I don't know the people there and have no connection to that site at all)
Now, from MY standpoint. First off, the reason I even give this film 2 stars is because the production values and photography and the technical aspects of it are very good. But... sadly, that is about it. Primarily I just did NOT like the acting at all; sure, Strathairn is an excellent actor, but right from the beginning Emily Browning's acting in the Psychiatrists office, her little predictable 'pensive' and 'ooh, do you really think so' expressions, etc. just did NOT ring true at any level whatsoever. The interaction between the two sisters including the 'acting' of the other sister, pretty much the same thing. The direction... Well, I don't know, maybe it's personal preference but I personally just felt we were being led along a very, VERY predictable path from the first scene in her bedroom after she had gone to sleep (not giving any specifics away of course : ) it honestly and truly felt like it was extremely cardboard, like 'Okay, let's show how scared she is, okay now lets play the scary sounds, okay now lets build up the 'suspense'...' Sorry, just did absolutely NOTHING for me. Didn't care, wasn't moved, didn't like the girl...
It just strikes me now that perhaps what I felt was sorely missing was a GENUINE atmosphere. I just did NOT feel it at all. Her reactions were completely 'plastic' and uninvolving which could have been the fault of the director either not bringing the right performance out of her (because I BELIEVE that she is indeed supposed to be a good actress) or choosing the wrong takes, I don't know. It just wasn't working for me...
So, pretty straight forward conclusion. Very nice looking film with good production values, but COMPLETELY unmoving, sterile, unrealistic and unbelievable interactions between characters, and with absolutely NO atmosphere at all, which I feel that this kind of story, particularly a Horror film which this is supposed to be, MUST have to be effective in any way...
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