Sometimes, a new British movie comes along that really stands out from the unentertaining film school style fare that often dominates the UK scene. Dead in the Water (asa Out of Bounds) is clearly a classic example, and from a first time director it's nothing short of brilliant. Right from the opening titles I was forced to the edge of my seat, not only by my terrified wife, who was watching with me, but by the driving force of a non stop spooky story that comes fully formed as a masterclass in screenwriting. Director Merlin Ward is totally in control, as the whole shooting match is his personal property, having conceived written and directed this very unsettling piece of horror hokum. Stars Sophie Ward, Sophia Miles and George Asprey are truly on form and sharp as a razor, and supporting actor Celia Imrie delivers the most brilliant and chilling performance of her career. In fact during one particular scene, Imrie literally had my hair standing on end! Director Ward pitches this dark boarding school tale of half term horror right between our eyes, and pulls off the type of movie coup that is grossly lacking in all too many British films today. Watch this masterful director and his future works closely, as I sense a familiar Hollywood career route to that of Sam Mendes. But for the moment, if you fancy a hair raising ninety minutes, rush out and buy this movie now - it truly delivers.