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The Canal (2014)

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A depressed and stressed film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900's.

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Ivan Kavanagh

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Ivan Kavanagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Evans ... David
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Claire (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Hannah Hoekstra ... Alice
Kelly Byrne Kelly Byrne ... Sophie
Steve Oram ... McNamara
Calum Heath Calum Heath ... Billy Williams
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Marie
Paddy Curran Paddy Curran ... William Jackson (as Padraig Curran)
Carl Shaaban ... Alex
Alicja Ayres Alicja Ayres ... Margaret Jackson
Nick Devlin Nick Devlin ... Coroner
Serena Brabazon ... Estate Agent
Myles Horgan Myles Horgan ... Lawyer
Conor Horgan Conor Horgan ... Steven
Natalie Radmall-Quirke Natalie Radmall-Quirke ... Child Welfare Officer (as Natalie Radmall Quirke)
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Storyline

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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Fear will pull you under


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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El canal del demonio See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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When David is looking through the murder photographs in his bedroom, one of them is actually a photo of the crime scene of actress Sharon Tate See more »

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When the credits are ending you can hear someone walking through the sewer. See more »

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References Ringu (1998) See more »

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Low rent, low budget, predictable
19 March 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE CANAL is yet another faceless instalment in a never-ending run of cheap haunted house type movies in which ordinary families are scared out of their minds by apparitions and the like. You know exactly how these films will play out before they start: lots of dark sets, attempts at suspense, brooding atmosphere and the like, and not a whole lot of substance.

The entirely unsympathetic Rupert Evans (HELLBOY) is a poor choice of lead, playing an uninspiring guy who moves into a murder house with his wife and young child. Eventually the family are caught up in a series of sinister events, and THE CANAL is always ready to play up the psychological angle of the hauntings, to make you wonder if the events are really happening or if they're just in the main character's head. As if we really care. The film also contains the most blatant rip-off of RING that I've yet to see.


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