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The Turning (2020)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 24 January 2020 (USA)
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A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents' deaths. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw."

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Floria Sigismondi

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Carey W. Hayes (as Carey Hayes), Chad Hayes | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Mackenzie Davis ... Kate Mandell
Finn Wolfhard ... Miles Fairchild
Brooklynn Prince ... Flora Fairchild
Barbara Marten Barbara Marten ... Mrs. Grose
Joely Richardson ... Darla Mandell
Niall Greig Fulton ... Quint
Denna Thomsen ... Jessel
Kim Adis ... Rose
Darlene Garr Darlene Garr ... Holly
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A young woman quits her teaching job to be a private tutor (governess) for a wealthy young heiress who witnessed her parent's tragic death. Shortly after arriving, the girl's degenerate brother is sent home from his boarding school. The tutor has some strange, unexplainable experiences in the house and begins to suspect there is more to their story.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for terror, violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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The second film in which Mackenzie Davis plays a nanny, the first being Tully. See more »

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Kate Mandell: It's so quiet.
Mrs. Grose: All the best to hear you when you get lost.
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Performed by The Aubreys
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A slow burn that unfortunately fizzles out with a weird ending.
24 January 2020 | by prettyh-1See all my reviews

I like horror movies and thrillers, I like modern takes on period pieces and classics, and I like the cast and am a fan of the director's music videos and earlier film work (i.e. The Runaways). So I expected to enjoy this update on The Turn of the Screw. I did not enjoy it, I'm sad to report. There was too little story or suspense to hold one's attention throughout, and that's a shame.

The cast certainly did their jobs -- Finn Wolfhard is no longer the nerdy little kid, and Mackenzie Davis was convincing in her role as a driven-to-the-edge tutor -- and it was visually beautiful throughout a lot of the film. But early jump scares suck a lot of the suspense out of it all. And a distinct lack of backstory/characterization leaves way too many questions about what, exactly, there is to be afraid of in the giant, creaky house. The little girl's fears are left unexplained, at least in terms of being satisfactory; the huge personality shift in the boy is sort of waved away; and the many unexplained deaths in the history of the estate are just confusing. I kept wondering if cuts had been made to the script or in the editing room, because things didn't flow at all and it really affected the atmosphere.

The ending will drive a lot of viewers to yell at the screen. Our half-full opening night theatre did a lot of groaning and saying, "You've got to be kidding me!" as the credits suddenly began to roll. Maybe that finale would've worked better had everything leading up to it actually added up to more...but unless we get a Director's Cut we'll never know. I wish I could recommend this movie. I can't. Not scary, nonsensical, and not enough to be worth the price of admission. -HV


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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,950,045, 26 January 2020

Gross USA:

$15,472,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,592,512
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