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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
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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 ... 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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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 »

Crazy Credits

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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Psychological slow burn indie horror
14 October 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Independent film The Canal smartly produces a slow-paced psychological horror that interesting imagines a new take on the haunting genre.

Ivan Kavanagh is the brainchild behind this original and brilliantly conceived film. The Canal is more atmospheric than most horror films currently being produced and very psychological with a horrific twist. The slow paced groundwork is eerie and unsettling but expertly done. The characters and smart and savvy in trying discern reality from imagination, or worse, supernatural occurrences.

The beginning scenes of The Canal are deliberately jumpy, adding to the confusion and anxiety the main character David experiences. A bit more clarity would have helped the film viewers experience the intended disorientation while avoiding pure confusion. I personally think the film was just a tad too slow in the beginning and Kavanagh will lose impatient movie watchers unsure of whether the investment will be worth it.

Without spoiling the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it had me squirming and gasping. The Canal is a slow burn, with Kavanagh pacing the film so audience members are psychologically bewildered to savor the conclusive reveal.

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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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$75,212
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