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The Luring (2019)

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A man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family's Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child.


Christopher Wells





Credited cast:
Michaela Sprague ... Claire
Rick Irwin ... Garrett Redford
Molly Fahey ... Jennifer
Jake Katzman ... Doug
Clara McKay ... Mrs. Tamlin
Angela Rambourg ... Mrs. Peyton
Henry Gagliardi ... Young Garrett
Laura Spaeth ... Mrs. Redford
Alex Emanuel ... Mr. Peyton
Jack Garrity ... Mr. Redford
Matan Barr ... Tom
Daniel Martin Berkey Daniel Martin Berkey ... Stranger
Ava-Riley Miles ... Young Jennifer
Chelsea Reed Davis ... Susan Wells
Gavin Maddox Bergman ... William


Garrett tries to recover a lost memory that took place during his tenth birthday at his family's vacation home in Vermont. Unbeknownst to him, something unspeakable happened; as a result Garrett was found in a non-responsive state by his parents. Psychiatrists call it dissociative amnesia - a loss of memory due to a traumatic event - but Garrett will soon learn some memories reveal things he wished weren't true. In this surreal psychological thriller the weird and wonderful takes place as pure evil manipulates the vulnerable.

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Sometimes We Are Called To The Darkness


Horror | Thriller


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Later in the film Claire is preparing dinner alone in the house. As she grabs something from the refrigerator she see's a kid reaching out trying to grab a red balloon which is foreshadowing a future scene.. She is frighted and drops the plate braking on the floor and when she looks again the kid isn't there. She gets a glance of him walking outside into the woods balloon now in his grasp. As he approaches the woods he effortlessly lets go of the balloon and it slowly floats away.

Due to all the rain the production had a very small window of time to get the shot, a big storm was coming any minute so the crew quickly set up. Christopher didn't know if they would be able to pull it off because the first take the balloon was taken by the wind that was picking up and it threw the balloon into the branches as the string got tangles. The crew had to quickly pull the balloon down so it wouldn't be in the next shot and in the distance they could hear thunder and lightning.

They only had one more chance before the storm was right over them. All of a sudden there was this eerie stillness in the air. No wind at all which was not the case just a few minutes ago. Christopher quickly called action and the actor played by Matan Barr let go of the balloon and it perfectly left his grasp and it slowly, slowly floated up as if it wanted as much screen time as possible which was perfect for Amanda the DP since she was prepared for it to blow in crazy directions if the wind picked up. . Right when Christopher called cut a huge lightning cracked overhead and it a downpour ensued. They barely made it. See more »


The main character talks about his nightmares turning into night terrors. This does not happen. They are two entirely different sleep phenomena. See more »


References The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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Cookie-Cutter Amateur Attempt Lacks Substance or Art
17 September 2020 | by CriticalHilaritySee all my reviews

I was shown this at a "Bad Films That Don't Know They're Bad Yet" film party. It didn't run for long before all votes were in. That's not a great start.

For those who appreciate cliche like a fine wine, I wish I could say this is for you, but because it tries to play it off with an even-handed feel, even you won't get much enjoyment out of this one.

From the rote copy-cat cinematography seemingly done on a mobile phone (no true attention to composition, instead attempts to reproduce the painfully green director's favorite scenes from OTHER more famous horror movies, to character dialogue that sounds as if a child wrote it for a school project.

How to Know a Movie is Going to Suck > If a movie's name is generic as The Luring (one wonders if Stephen King would even name a movie thus in 2019~), it's probably a good sign that it's going to suck. > Even the previews don't have any eye candy to spare (this is not a choice toward sparse imagery and bare bones film-making ala The Blair Witch Project, but an a pure lack of film-making tools and the ideas to come up with anything interesting. The eye candy trailer scenes aren't there because there simply is no vision to those who created this lackluster, overblown nothingburger. To say that this "film" lacking the thriller component of its own "horror" genre is an understated judgement, to be sure. > Characters are unable to hold the viewer's attention because the story line is flat and predictable, even for the average movie-goer. > The filmmaker being too young to understand human story lines is not necessarily a downside to a movie production (movies like Richard Linklater's Slacker are testament to this), but a horror movie depends utterly on the narrative story-telling capacity of a director who knows what they're about. So in this case...maybe just don't bother? > The small or nonexistent budget is experienced painfully. Plenty of films operate without a budget at all and do wonders, even by B movie standards. This movie will sadly never even be proper popcorn B movie fare, as it lacks heart and soul which ultimately seem to result from the zombie mind at the helm.

If you didn't make this film, then at least you can always point back to this film and claim, however meekly, "...well, at least I didn't direct The Luring..."

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23 August 2019 (Turkey) See more »

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