Part 7 of my 13 Ghost Movies of Halloween!
- Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
- Starring Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley
- Written by Alejandro Amenábar
- Mystery, Thriller
- Rated PG-13
- 1hr 44mins
- 10 August 2001
A woman and her children live in a dark, isolated mansion where there is no electricity and no sunlight, because her children have an allergy to the sun. When the new help arrives, they discover that there’s something up with the mother and children and it might just involve some supernatural residents living among them.
How’s the Story?
Duuuude, this story is really good. I love creepy stuff like this. The type that isn’t scary, but is creepy. This story is very family-friendly Crimson Peak meets Turn of the Screw. It’s that Gothic vibe that I love so much as an English nerd. I can’t go into much detail about the things I love without spoilers, but let’s just say, though it’s not the most SHOCKING plot twist ever, it’s still a heck of a good one. I had ideas something was up, but it was still enough ‘is it really, though?’ that I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.
How’s the Acting?
Nicole Kidman is really good here, but the little girl is the best. Creepy children that aren’t over the top are hard to find and this girl has just enough ‘i’m a normal child’ to not be SUPER creepy. It’s kind of funny one of my movies in this review series was The Innocents, which had a very similar vibe. Really great recommendations for this series, huh?
How’s the Writing/Directing?
There’s some stuff that’s a little over-dramatic, but it works well enough. I would say that this might be my favorite new-watch of my Halloween review series. Not the scariest by far, but I’m not a fan of being super scared, so this one was just the right amount of creepy.
How’s the Cinematography?
I’m a big fan of pans, which is something you don’t see very often just because it can be cheesy in the wrong situation, and this movie has a sequence that’s full of camera pans to show light flooding a space, and maaaan, I love it. It’s so good. I love the atmospheric way this one is shot. It’s all cool colors and dimly light settings and it’s just that nice feeling of eeriness. It’s just a very nice film to look at.
Is It Worth Watching?
Definitely! This movie is especially good if you’re like me and don’t like to be scared, just a little creeped out. It’s a great PG-13 Halloween pick for those of us who are of the oversized-poultry-inclined variety. Giant chickens are gonna love this kind of thing. Giant chickens who are fans of the gothic horror lit genre will really love this one. It’s got good acting, an interesting plot, it’s pretty to look at, and it’s just fun. I absolutely recommend it.
My Rating: 7/10