A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant.
Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past...Written by
When he visits Dale's father in the nursing home/hospital, Cooper sets his camera on the tray at the foot of the bed, aimed at the old man, but not in close-up, and he doesn't change the zoom during the scene. Yet, when he shows the recording to the sheriff, the image is a close-up of the man's face. See more »
Allegedly, Sharon Stone has an IQ of 154. Not that you'd know it from some of the dodo-dumb thrillers she's signed on for: Sliver, The Specialist, Diabolique... but this is her most moronic choice yet. Still, it provides her best comedy role in ages.
Supposedly intelligent people move to an unwelcoming new home and allow an unhinged ex-con/ex-inhabitant to roam around freely. From this wobbly foundation, it becomes clear very early that this is going to end up in a heap of cinematic rubble.
There is some fun to be had with the increasingly obvious 'twists' ("Aw, what a lovely pet pony"; "Wow, Mr Psycho knows all about snakes!") and laughable behaviour of the characters ("My husband's got the jitters so I'll repeatedly sneak up behind him"), but ultimately both viewers and participants should be ashamed of themselves.
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