Corin Hardy described production as having both "good fear" and "bad fear": the good fear inspired the cast/crew to perform to the best of their ability, and the bad kind caused them to be averse to taking risks. Hardy credited his confidence in the production as raising morale for the cast/crew when they had bad fear. See more »
When Adam is trapped in the boot (trunk) of the car, he breaks out through the back seat with both hands, but when it cuts to the view of him coming out through the back seat, there's someone's hand at the top of the seat, holding it down. See more »
"No animals were harmed in the making of this film. No changelings were harmed in the making of this film." See more »
I usually trust IMDb ratings when there has been a relative high amount of reviews and when I saw the lowish rating on this movie (5.7/10) I was about to give it a miss however I was pleasantly surprised I did not. After watching the movie and reflecting on its current rating I came to the conclusion that some people expect way too much from directors and actors these days. I can only suspect these low ratings come from die hard horror fans.
I found the setting and premises whilst not original to still be engrossing enough. A mystic Irish forest, a young family and strange neighbors. The lighting was fantastic and their was a plausible reason the family was there (the father was a tree scientist) and they were not just strangely seeking to renovate an random old house in the middle of nowhere - which is the premise for a lot of typical horror movies.
I liked the hybrid mix between science and the supernatural. Having and explanation as to why there are freaky monsters running around it makes it more believable. The black parasitic sludge. Some people complain about the slow build up but I thought it was great suspense. The foreboding mood was engrossing. Yes there were a few cheap jump scares but hey most movies have them.
Some people explained the characters were one dimensional however I thought the actors came across as quite believable. An occasional pot smoking scientific new father, a young mother trying her best to raise a child. They try to call the police at the first instance of real trouble (unlike most horror movies in which the characters seem to try to "tough it out despite the fact that there is some quite freaky stuff going on.
I have to say I really enjoyed this movie and liked the UK/Irish production. I felt the characters were real and I would like to see more horror movies come from Europe. (Pan Labyrinth, 28 Days Later were all good). Europe has a lot of great superstitious mythology. I find these movies a lot more palatable than the shallow crap Hollywood churns out.
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