A screenwriter travels to an abandoned house to finish a script on time, but a series of strange events lead her to a psychological breakdown.


Sean McConville


Sean McConville





Complete credited cast:
Brittany Murphy ... Alice
Thora Birch ... Lucy
Tammy Blanchard ... Rebecca
Marc Blucas ... David
Claudia Troll Claudia Troll ... David's Mother
Michael Piscitelli Michael Piscitelli ... Ben's Voice (voice)


Alice, 32, a writer recovering from a psychological breakdown retreats to a remote Victorian house to convalesce and focus on finishing her screenplay in time for a fast-approaching deadline. Shortly after her arrival, mysterious noises and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out what is behind the endless mind games. Frightened but intrigued, Alice gathers the courage to go up into the cold, dingy attic where she finds a shoe box filled with mini-DV tapes. The terrifying secret that lies within the tapes will unravel Alice's dark past.

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Focus your fear.


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Was generally released direct to DVD in most countries but did receive some festival screenings throughout the films first few years of release. See more »


(at around 56 mins and 1h 7 mins) When the character watches what was the last recording of the tape, they never rewind it but instead just play from the current position, which should be blank. See more »


David: Our son is going to be so proud of his beautiful and talented mother.
Lucy: Or maybe our daughter.
David: Then I'll have two amazing women in my life.
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Moonlight Sonata
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Another "snoozer" with a really stupid ending
24 January 2010 | by trainmaster-1See all my reviews

I managed to get all the way through this really poor movie, thinking that at the end the writers would at least have the decency to explain what it was all about. For some reason, movie makers like to leave cliff-hangers where the audience leaves the theater, or walks out of the room at home, scratching their heads and wondering "What the ??? was that all about"? This turkey managed to survive a weak plot and not be Tooooooo bad until the final scene. The writers did not see fit to explain whether Alice was just writing about her own experience and imagining all the videos, or if it was all true and she wrote about what was on the tapes, nor did it really explain why she was scared of being laid on that bed at the end of the show. The true nature of the relationship between her and REbecca was never explained. Were they lesbians? The only thing that ever was explained was Ben. At least she allowed his call where he apologized and told her he'd leave her alone. But, the writers managed to screw everything up by putting in the final scene and left everyone hanging way out in the breeze. Nothing was confirmed or explained. And, the writers left us with a new element of Rebecca on still another video, lying in that bed. I think writers who write scripts with this little explanation should be sued by the watchers and forced to explain themselves, AND THE PLOT!

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29 January 2010 (Mexico) See more »

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Sulphur Springs, Texas, USA See more »


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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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