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Plot: Yorkshire, 1974. Britain is in recession, the oil crisis and black outs loom large. The Maynard family move into their dream house, only to find a "presence" already living there. Len, Jenny and their daughter Sally must struggle to keep their already-fragile family together as they are attacked by poltergeists. Soon it becomes apparent that Sally is their main focus of attention. The house becomes a living nightmare. They must exorcise the evil spirits for them to survive. Runtime: 86 mins Release Date: 13 Sep 2012
I was born and raised in the area the film is based upon. The Black Monk and this history of the house is well known to locals and a lot was left out of the film.I suppose one thing that comes across the wrong way is that when the proverbial hits the fan, us Northerners take on the laugh or cry mentality. Which comes across in the film, however, if you are not used to how we deal with utter turmoil try to turn it into humour then you might think that the event is made light of when indeed, it's a very horrible encounter at best.What the film show's you is only the tip of the <more>
iceberg, there was a lot more that wasn't captured.........
A refreshing take on a ghost horror (by miserableturnip)
The movie is, essentially, a ghost story but could also be described as a family drama. It is set on a council estate in Yorkshire, England which is a change from the "mansion in the middle of nowhere" setting, commonplace in many ghost story horrors that I've seen over the years. Additionally, it's set in the 1970s, which is one of the reasons why I loved this movie so much; everything is, to my knowledge, periodically correct except for the manga poster above the bed - weird! . The costume and cultural aspects eg. the wearing of flares, and Top of The Pops on the <more>
television were amazing as well. As a result, I feel lots of British viewers, especially those 40+, could relate to this movie because they would have grown up in houses just like this, with similar families etc. Don't get me wrong, it is also interesting and entertaining for younger generations. The only really bad part was the Priest's accent.. was he Scottish? Irish? South African? In terms of plot, it's nothing we haven't seen before; a ghost haunting a family. There are a few good scares though. All in all, I really enjoyed this film and I think it's an excellent example of British horror.
I love a well-acted film--especially a classic Ghost Story. The two schoolgirls, one of whom is being haunted in her family home, are perfectly on cue with every word spoken, with body language, with facial expression. Quite a good film with some genuinely scary moments. Characters are well developed. The story is allegedly based on true events, similar to the Enfield Haunting films Conjuring II and the somewhat-plodding BBC miniseries starring Timothy Spall.
A very British ghost story (by dbhatton001)
I really enjoyed the fact that this was old fashioned, yes obviously, due to the fact it is set in the 70s but I enjoyed that it was slow and simmering. The attention to detail in the sets and costumes really helped the whole feel and the acting was excellent and very natural. There are moments of black humour and the language and responses are very British, which I appreciated. Yes, it's nothing new but sometimes you just want a ghost story to give you chills and make you look twice at any open door at night when you are going upstairs! It is a shame the last 5 minutes let it all down so <more>
badly, no spoilers here but watch it and see what I mean. I'd say give it a go, it might just give you the creeps.
A have read a review on this site, where the poster says he or she has seen similar things in other horror films. This may be true but it is pretty hard with poltergeist movies not to duplicate, things being displaced etc, I found the setting of 70's Britain excellent,having lived through the 70's it brought back memories of collars on the outside of jackets and the humour added another dimension. The acting was realistic and unlike so many films there was a story which had a conclusion. How many times do we sit with the credits coming down and think "is that it, has it <more>
finished?" Personally I don't believe in ghosts, poltergeists, exorcisms, etc but this film kept me entertained which is all you can ask.
Well - despite the negative views on this, i found it to be a chilling encounter with unnatural forces - be interesting to see what the reviews do now after the "most haunted" team have been there trying to DEBUNK it all and failing miserably...... they were truly scared -i get that in the film there are some calendarical errors, that aside, it was a good movie - all the more so for being based on true events and i do not personally think that it swayed far from the path of truth - in the eyes of those that lived through it - there is always the doubt that it was flounced up <more>
artistic expression and all that malarky but if you get back to the bare bones of it.......