!!!Warning. May contain spoilers!!!
Twin brothers Holland and Niles Perry(played by Chris and Martin Udvarnoky) are enjoying the summer holidays, playing tricks on family and neighbours and getting into trouble like boys of their age usually do. However, Holland is only happy skulking in the shadows and also shows a malicious streak. Niles ia almost scared of him, and what he is capable of. People who cross Holland in any way start to end up dead, and Niles is getting the blame. Niles does have one strong ally in his Grandmother, who plays supernatural games with him, encouraging him to think outside his body, and to maximise the potential of his mind. Holland likes these games too, but to what ends.....
This is a film I read a lot about when I was younger, generally reviews praising it to the hilt. Well, after finally getting to watch it, I can honestly say, as a jaded and seasoned watcher of horror films, that this film is up there with the very best of them. The film plays a clever, cruel trick with the viewer, raising the supernatural aspect of the story, seemingly dismissing it halfway through, only to chill the viewer with an final image that can only be described as bloodcurdling. This film has been compared to 'The Exorcist','The Omen' and 'The Shining'. In my opinion, it surpasses all of them, for using such a seemingly calm, normal situation and injecting such tension and horror into it. The young actors are excellent, but it is German actress Uta Hagen who delivers the best performance as Ada, the Grandmother. The direction is superb, gradually building up the subtle scares until jolting the viewer with that aforementioned killer ending.
A wonderful film, dont miss a chance to buy it, and judge for yourselves. 5 out of 5.(the extras are okay, but some are only available to view on a PC, as they are in PDF format)