The Gathering 2002

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Christina Ricci plays a car accident victim who is taken in by a kindly family in a small British town. All is cozy until scary visions make her doubt her own sanity.

Starring:
Christina Ricci, Stephen Dillane
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

The Gathering

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Brian Gilbert
Starring Christina Ricci, Stephen Dillane
Supporting actors Ioan Gruffud, Kerry Fox, Mackenzie Crook
Studio Starz Digital Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 23 Jan 2010
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An Ancient church, dating back to the 1st century A.D is discovered after a tragedy occurs. An art historian,Simon Kirkman(Stephen Dillane) is sent to research its authenticity, as eminent memebers of the Anglican church believe it ties in with a visit to Glastonbury by Joseph of Arimathea around the same time. What Kirkman discovers is a lifesize stone carving of the crucifixion, with other figures carved into the wall. Meanwhile, Kirkman's wife Marion(Kerry Fox) knocks a young American woman over in her car, and accompanies her to the local hospital. The woman's name is Cassie Grant(Christina Ricci), and she appears to be suffering from concusion following the accident. The Kirkman's take her in, until she regains her memory, and Cassie bonds with the Kirkman's two children. However, Cassie starts to experience frightening visions and fears for her sanity. As she delves deeper into the history of the village however, terrible secrets from the past start to emerge, and why do the same group of people keep following her around?
This film really can't be accused of lack of ideas or originality, as it has both of those in spades. Its a complicated, highly interesting story and although it has a strong religious subtext, you don't need to have a faith to enjoy it, as it also works as a supernatural mystery. There is a fine group of British actors on display here, and American import Ricci is very good in the lead role. If you fancy something a little bit different from the usual British horror film, then look no further than this film, as it is very different from the norm. 4 out of 5
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2011
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OK, I love a film that tries to do something different and something that will not only entertain the viewer but will also create a lasting chill down their spine as they recall scenes. Upon the original read of this titles blurb I thought that it would partly be a modern interpretation on the themes of the Wicker Man and when added to a cast list that looked pretty decent left me with the impression that it was going to be an incredible film.

Alas it wasn't the case. The plot line was a little flimsy, the events within too much of a religious fervour and to be honest it grasped at straws as things that could have been done very well were only half baked. The script felt stinted in places and with a quality writer like Anthony Horrowitz on board I had expected more and yet there were places where it felt that is writing came to the fore within the explanations from the art historian. Add to this that I also felt that the time of the release could have been better concerning the events within due to an on-going Coroners Investigation and the creators could have been more sympathetic.

All in it was an OK film but with the cast they had when backed with the writer it should have been so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DS on 20 Nov 2013
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"Should have been so much better" really sums this up. Big Hollywood names (Ricci, Gruffud) rubbing shoulders with British character actors (Robert Hardy), screenplay by Anthony Horowitz, interesting "high concept" ideas - but comes across on the screen like one of those creaky made-for-TV "House of Hammers". Maybe if the budget had been bigger, maybe if the writing had been tighter (some awfully big plot holes and/or coincidences when you really think about it), maybe if the "twist" hadn't been so obviously telegraphed, maybe, maybe, maybe...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 27 Aug 2012
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The ever watchable Christina Ricci graces olde England with her presence in this eerie supernatural horror film set in darkest rural England. Though, initially, I thought we might be treated to some hoky "pagan rites" type plot line the story veers off in quite an original way to do with obscure, er...Christian rites and folklore...replete with quotations from apocryphal scripture. Whilst managing to avoid the equally hoky "good versus evil" scenario,the story does deal with the theological implications of human evil. Something like the Catholic horror films of Abel Ferrara mixed up with a bit of M.R. James...Worshippers at the shrine of the delectable Ricci will also be blessed...say no more...brethren...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BAZ316 on 12 May 2012
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Interesting idea that's basicly about curiosity and the consequences,or at least that's the way i saw it. Christina Ricci gives another fine preformance as a girl run over and taken in by the woman who ran her over and her kids,including her seemingly disturbed son. Ricchi's character gets disturbing visions of brutal deaths and also a feeling something isn't right around this place. A church,twice buried becomes a concern for some when 2 young lovers fall into it,killing them off early in the movie. It's a weird movie that slowly starts making sense and has some really good ideas for a story about religion,curiosity and a little spookiness thrown in. Don't get fooled by the front cover thinking it's going to be a gory and scary horror movie,it isn't,it just has a few moments of gore. It isn't what i'd call a horror,it's just a little chilling i suppose,in that there's some odd goings on in this place,but as i say when the story of Ricchi's chracter,the church and religious history comes together,it's a really interesting film. Not brilliant,but well worth a watch if you can get your head around it.
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