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Blackwood (2014)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 1 August 2014 (UK)
The classic English ghost story gets a revision when a college professor finds himself plagued by spectral visions.

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Adam Wimpenny

Writer:

J.S. Hill
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ed Stoppard ... Ben Marshall
Sophia Myles ... Rachel Marshall
Russell Tovey ... Jack
Isaac Andrews ... Harry Marshall
Paul Kaye ... Father Patrick
Greg Wise ... Dominic
Joanna Vanderham ... Jessica
Kenneth Collard ... Estate Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Andresen Anna Andresen ... Nurse
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Professor York
Alan Drake Alan Drake ... Grimes
Sebastian Dunn ... Dr. Parr
Luke Brandon Field ... Jay
Melanie Gray ... Anya
Eileen Nicholas ... Mrs. Olivia Warner
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Storyline

Having recovered from a shattering emotional breakdown, college professor Ben Marshall relocates to the countryside with his wife and young son, hoping for a fresh start. He has a teaching job lined up and a new home to move into; things finally look to be going Ben's way. Until, that is, he starts to feel that something isn't quite right in the house. Finding himself plagued by spectral visions, Ben becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind a local mystery that appears to be putting the lives of his family in danger. Written by Michael Blyth - London Film Festival 2013

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Блэквуд See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Wildcard Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Norney Grange is a distinctive Arts and Crafts house built in 1897, near Guildford, Surrey. It was used for the external shots of the family home. See more »

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I felt conned.
11 May 2014 | by jaspreetkahnSee all my reviews

I was surprised by some of the other reviews for this film, 10 out of 10? I was expecting a classic which had been gathering dust unloved, suddenly discovered and released to an adoring public, prompting review hysteria! I thought, wow! 'Bladerunner' IMDb rated 8.3, 'Citizen Kane' 8.5, 'Unforgiven' 8.3, this must be quite an undiscovered gem. It isn't.

Now, I don't claim to know much about the creative process of writing an original screenplay, but I'm pretty sure that the word 'original' is just about as important as 'screenplay'. This crazy-pa-moves-family-to spooky-house has been done, well lets say with no pun intended, to death.

I cannot understand why, essentially having really original takes on this theme, I'm looking at you, 'The Shining' and 'The Others', which took the idea in completely different and original directions, we need something like this which lacks any originality. The characters are written in 2 dimensions to such an extent that long before the end you simply couldn't care less what happens to them. But it doesn't stop the clichés coming thick and fast. Not only is this not a '10 out of 10' lost classic, it is derivative and lazy. It desperately needed rewrites from someone with something original to add to the genre. I felt conned.


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