It took many discussions afterward to unravel. I love that. The eerie sensations of "something's not right" and "this is not what it seems" were developed with skill, and paid off with satisfying original surprises. I still don't understand what was the deal with those mirrors... Annoying how nosy the main character got, but you know even that had good reason, thinking back just now. (See what I mean?) The bleak cinematography of New Orleans makes one eager for new houses and high, dry ground. Which makes for good entertainment: immersion. Pace is slow at first but kept alive by a well honed creepy-factor. Special effects were cheesy (by 2005 standards) when needed most.