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The Canal (2014)

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Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her ... See full summary »

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Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David's work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible. Written by via Wikipedia

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Playing craps with your sphincter muscle
21 April 2014 | by (Krakow) – See all my reviews

Just caught this in Tribeca and the reaction of the audience was nearly as good as the film itself. I don't normally enjoy "horror" movies but this was different. More intelligent and interesting than the usual "watch out behind you " drivel one sees these days.

I think I will have to see it again as the style was very unique. Whether this was driven by the the budget or a genuine attempt at a fresh approach to the genre I have no idea , but it worked for me. It's rare, for me, to have a film continue to unsettle three days after a viewing but this one stays in the mind.

I would have given it a higher score but I felt it tried to do a little too much in the time allotted , but hey, it beat the hell out of the dross that normally comes out of big budget Hollywood these days. Go see it if you dare and order 2 portions of popcorn , one to eat and the other to hang on to ! you won't regret it !


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