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This review is from: Grindstone Road [DVD] (DVD)
I had such high hopes for this movie when it first started. It is intelligently written, not too much was being given away, one was ceremoniously offered the backwater (mildly) creepy old house, then there were the overly friendly, (obviously weird) old couple next door and PRESTO! the stage is set. Mum and dad have moved back to mums childhood town after a terrible car accident that has left their 11 year old son in a year long coma. Mum (Fairuza Balk) is racked with guilt, dad (Some Bloke)is the cool and calm psychiatrist. Convinced that his wife's having a mental and nervous breakdown, when she reports seeing 'things' and hearing things. This hearing and seeing things all started when mum discovers that many years ago a young boy with the same name and of the same age as her own son mysteriously disappeared. From here she goes on a mission to discover and uncover the truth behind the boys disappearance which she does with surprisingly little hindrance (except from her "You're just stressed and traumatised" rationalising husband). From now on this had all the potential it could possibly have wished for to be a genuinely creepy, 'scrape your nerves along edges of steel' and 'make you jump out of your seat' with shadow play, noises and general good old fashioned haunted house effects. Unfortunately it all turns out to be quite pedestrian and even verges on a feel good thriller, rather than taking full advantage of what is actually a genuinely decent plot with a genuinely decent cast, and really all in all it lets itself down, and the the viewer who was hoping for some genuine icy chills and make you go "Ahh" moments. its actually rather difficult to even put this film down as a chiller/thriller/horror, as it does not satisfy any of the criteria for any of them, all in all a very odd mix of a thriller with a feel good ending.