I don’t have anything negative to say about this spine-chilling little
flick. This is an old fashioned film that relies on a developed main
character (Scott rules), intelligence, emotion and subtlety to reel you
in. No token teens, no excessive gore, no cheap scares…this is the real
thing. Haven’t seen that in a while!
The typical haunted
house shenanigans spin the movie in a fresh direction. It becomes a
clever, engrossing, grim mystery. That aspect works and I’m happy that
the film doesn’t give it up too soon. It gives you little flashes here,
little clues there and reveals everything in the end. It makes its
audience part of the mystery (and what a sick, messed up mystery it is).
We’re in the same shoes as John, every time he gets closer to the truth,
we get closer.
I was very surprised, I
expected the movie to take a more standard route. This one moves around
the usual genre pitfalls and instead delivers a layered powerful drama
bathed in the supernatural. At a certain point, the film links the house’s
history to an outside character. I got a bit scared fearing a
one-dimensional villain would step in. I was quickly relieved when the
film treated that aspect the same way it treated the rest: With its two
feet on the ground, communicating true emotions.
The film also has
enough physical action to satisfy the thrill seekers. We get one creepy
séance session, disturbing flashbacks, morbid discoveries and one pissed
The eerie house is
also used to its fullest: creepy hallways, whispers, slamming doors…the
house is a character in this film and its presence is always felt.
I really lost
myself in this flick and enjoyed every second of it. The pace might be too
slow for today’s quick fix crowd but if patience is one of your virtues,
you will be rewarded. Movies like this don’t come around everyday.