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The Canal (2014)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 10 October 2014 (USA)
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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
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Rupert Evans ... David
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Claire (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Hannah Hoekstra ... Alice
Kelly Byrne Kelly Byrne ... Sophie
Steve Oram ... McNamara
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 ... Child Welfare Officer (as Natalie Radmall Quirke)
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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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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 Cat People (1942) See more »

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Riveting and terrifying!
23 December 2015 | by erolsabadoshSee all my reviews

I don't know why the IMDb score and Metacritic score are so low on this one. That's one of the reasons I put off watching it for a while but I'm so glad I finally got around to seeing it; it's one of the better horror films of recent years, and I'm a huge horror junkie. If you like disturbing horror that gets under your skin and doesn't rely on jump scares or constant gore then this is for you. The film is beautifully shot and has some exceptionally creepy visuals. It's sporadically violent and cruel but every moment of blood letting or grotesquerie is expertly handled and actually frightening rather than pure gross-out. I urge you not to watch the trailer as it contains spoilers I wish I hadn't known before going into it. If you want to know what to expect, I'd say it's got elements of films such as The Shining and The Ring, but it has a very unique feel. There's a nice dose of drama along with the horror and Rupert Evans is thoroughly believable and engaging in the lead role, much more so than your average modern horror protagonist. Highly recommended!


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