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The Presence (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | August 2010 (USA)
A woman travels to an isolated cabin she begins to think she is losing her mind when her boyfriend comes to stay.

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A woman travels to an isolated cabin where she finds herself stalked by an apparition who has come to inhabit her space as his own. With the unexpected arrival of the woman's boyfriend, the dark spirit's haunting grows more obsessive. Soon the woman begins to exhibit weirdly irrational behavior as the thin line between sanity and possession begins to unravel. Written by Flatland Pictures

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear

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Rated PG-13 for some frightening material and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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There is no dialogue spoken for the first 17 minutes of this movie. See more »

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At around the 25 minute mark there is a close up of a phonograph playing a record with the needle incorrectly to the left of the spindle. The record plays continuously over the next minute or so but the needle moves to the correct position - right of the spindle. See more »

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Echoes of Harlem
by Duke Ellington
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Beautiful, , moody, and creepy
20 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've never seen a "ghost story" use a device such as this. I won't tell you what it is, but let you see for yourself. At first I thought it was kind of laughable, but during the course of the movie it got creepier and creepier for me.

Filmed in Oregon, the beautiful cinematography seems to be another character in the film as is the haunting film score that sets the mood right from the titles. The film's opening shots reveal a remote cabin on an island lake in the woods, and there's something ominous in the stillness of these scenes and what they reveal.

Mira Sorvino plays a woman who retreats to this, her family's cabin, for some serious alone time to write and reflect. But, even before her fiancé joins her there, she's not really alone, and falls under the spell of the cabin. Traumatic memories from the past overcome her (with a little supernatural assistance) and threaten to destroy her life and future happiness. But, supernatural help from another source puts things right for her . . . at least for now.

Something about this film reminded me of Passengers (which I really liked) although there's no similarity at all in the story lines. Maybe it's just the dreamy way the film unfolds as well as its supernatural elements. Also, both films effectively use their locations to set the tone for their stories.


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