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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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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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Language:

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Release Date:

1 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Блэквуд See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Wildcard Films See more »
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Have you ever seen a ghost/supernatural film?
13 May 2015 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

If the answer is 'yes' then you might as well not read this review and not bother watching 'Blackwood.' Don't get me wrong – it's not bad. It's one and only problem is that it's so unoriginal that if you've even seen one previous supernatural/ghost story then you've basically seen this story (and quite possibly done better).

A teacher moves his family into an old creepy house, largely against their wishes. Once there, spooky things start to happen. Every quarter of an hour you'll catch sight of a reflection that wasn't there, or a shadow in night which disappears upon investigation. If that sounds scary to you, maybe you will get something out of it. Personally, I grew out of thinking that was in any way spooky when I was about ten.

The acting is nothing to write home about. That's not a criticism of the actors. They're good enough, as I've seen them in other things. However, they just go through the motions and you can see every vague sub-plot coming a mile off.

It's a British film and, in typical British style, it's low budget. I know it's a bit unfair to expect a Brit-funded film to compete with Hollywood blockbusters when it comes to special effects, so I can't be too harsh on 'Blackwood' for not even trying. Don't expect hordes of monsters or vast action sequences interspersed with the story.

It's a 'slow burner.' Possibly too slow for its own good. Basically, if you think that a door shutting on its own is scary, then you might like this. Otherwise, just watch one of your many other horror/ghost story DVDs that you probably already own. It's better.

Now move along... nothing to see here.


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