A family return to Spain from the U.S.A, and move into an old country house.Soon strange events happen. The father Mark(Ian Glenn) starts to have unexplained fits and appears to be undergoing a nervous breakdown,Mark's young son Paul has bruises on his neck and shoulders,and the daughter Regina(Anna Paquin) is determined to find out the history of the house. What she discovers is something evil from the past, that threatens to break out into the present.
I simply can't believe all the negative reviews that I've read for this film. I think its a wonderfully creepy film, with several genuine shocks and a insiduously creepy atmosphere that really grabs the viewer by the throat. One criticism I've read is that the film is confusing. Well this might be partly down to the fact that the theatrical release has been severely cut. Still, I found the plot easy to follow, maybe just a bit of imagination is all the viewer requires. A second criticism I've read is that the plot is derivative of earlier, better films. Sure, it does remind you of other films, but when its all done as well as this, it really doesnt matter.
It really is a film with several very creepy moments(i.e the demons that can escape from the photograph and impersonate the living) and I wholly recommend it to fans of intelligent horror films, and also to readers of Ramsey Campbell and H.P Lovecraft. A superb film(though I wish that the unrated longer version was available commercially) and please go ahead and buy it despite any negative reviews you may read. 5 out of 5