In an early scene that pans across Iris Blum's bookshelf, the final book seen on the shelf is titled, "The Lady in the Walls." The book is later read and referenced throughout the film by the main character, Lily. Written by Iris the novel is set in the 1800s. It tells the story of Polly, a young bride whose gruesome death is not detailed in the conclusion to the novel. The first words spoken in the movie are almost identical to the opening of the novel, hinting at an interconnection between Polly and Lily. Iris insists of calling Lily by Polly's name throughout the film. See more »
The narrative of the story says the young bride was brought to the house her husband built for her in 1812, but the dress and hairstyle she is wearing, as a ghost, is from the period of the 1850s to the 1860s. Since she was murdered soon after moving into the house, the dress and hairstyle do not match her backstory. See more »
I am very seldom required to wear white by my employers. But, anyway, I always do. It has always been that wearing white reassures the sick that I can never be touched, even as darkness folds in on them from every side, closing like a claw.
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This story had all the makings of a great spooky mystery. Unfortunately, it did not deliver. It starts with very mysterious theories and possibilities. Then, nothing. It's like going to a steak house and eating a salad with tofu.
That's it, it's anemic. It never really tells you why the ghost is there, nor does the ghost appear much.
It needs more interaction between the supernatural and the living. It needs a solution and a reckoning with what happened to the couple that disappeared. In other words, it lacks the very basics of any story: who, why, what when, etc.
I was really looking forward to this movie because I am so sick of all the stupid slasher flicks. Oh well.
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