In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.
In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(at around 20 mins) Arthur opens the curtains and the light reveals three statuette monkeys. These are the Japanese "three wise monkeys," Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru, who "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil." Although their origins (and the phrase accompanying them) are disputed, it is generally believed that they are part of a Japanese (particularly Buddhist) "Golden Rule" to avoid spreading evil. See more »
When Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) first reaches Gifford Arms Inn in Sam Daily's (Ciarán Hinds) car, it is raining heavily and Arthur is shown with his clothes wet. When it cuts to the next scene where Arthur talks to the innkeeper Fisher (Shaun Dooley) at the reception counter, Arthur's clothes are suddenly dry. In the next scene still at the reception, his clothes are wet again. See more »
[voiceover, echoing in Eel Marsh House]
I will never forgive you for letting my boy die. I will never forgive. Never forgive. Never forgive. Never forgive. Never forgive. Never forgive.
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Plain and simple....a good old fashioned ghost story!
The film did not disappoint! In a day and age where a scary movie is about "how much blood and squirt out of a body and how far can it go", it is refreshing to see this good old fashioned romp around a haunted house.
Things jump out at the right moments, the imagery is creepy and disturbing. All the right makings to have people of all ages pulling their hoodies down over their faces.
The ending was Hollywoodized, but the move holds onto it's simple scary imaginative fun.
...and the house is spectacular!...as is it's location.
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