Here's a perspective from someone who has almost seen them all in this genre.
This is the most underrated work I have ever reviewed. I didn't look it up first so didn't know what I was going to get. Seeing that this films sits at 4/10 makes me never to decide whether or not to see a film on account of the IMDb & the user's collective "wisdom". Although mostly 95% of the time I completely agree with them. This though was something that carried sort of a 60's-70's feel/dark beauty, with scenery & sets, the wonderful colorful outfits & even the time they took to construct Elphie's room right down to the smallest of things. So the scenery & cinematography are 5/5.
Getting back to the story now, a lot of people will compare it to Twighlight mainly because of the "Dark & serious" neighbors moving in next door with the girl that starts to investigate the truth behind the facade that they put worth. STOP don't drop it from my previous observation. If anything it's a Twighlight spoof but not the Scary Movie(200?)kind at all. It is a well told tale that is quite interesting from beginning to end. The imagery & cool vibe make it worth a watch. For the most part the film was well acted. I really liked the character of Elfie Hopkins played by the up & coming Jaime Winstone, yes she is the daughter of Ray Winstone, talent does seem to be genetic. Case in point the Manning brothers Eli & Payton both Super Bowl winners coming from a father who was also a Pro. So it's undeniable well at least IMO.
Ray Winstone only pops up for a few seconds once in the beginning & once in the end which was cool to see them appear together on screen for a bit. So why is this at a 4.0 when there is a unique little story with cute characters whose acting in my opinion didn't stick out a bit with good sound & cinematography that was spot on? I found some humor in it, it's not meant to be a serious gory scare the heck out of you film. Although there is some gore & tense moments the film is mainly story driven.
I checked the history of 3 of the other reviewers that gave this a 1/10, it was all their first review(which sounds personal to me) but the top two users gave it fair reviews so stick to them. Isn't it sort of funny when someone gives a film a 1 and then writes twenty plus paragraphs on how much they dislike it(again sounds personal). I give this a rock solid 7/10 & I've written 50 other reviews on films in these type of genre's in the past year. So you know who to believe, the other review by Tony Bush sums it up a bit better than I, and the mention of the boy & Harry Potter was spot on, I was thinking that during the whole film. I recommend it to anyone, just don't expect a tense gory experience. Even people that hate gore may enjoy the story, just close your eyes for a few seconds here or there...7/10
R.I.P. Tony Scott (1944-2012)Don't judge him, inoperable brain cancer or not.
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