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Post World War I England, 1921, an author and paranormal skeptic (Rebecca Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (Dominic West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, a chilling encounter makes her question all her rational beliefs.
Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), The Awakening is a beautifully thrilling ghost story that will send shivers down your spine.
Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar®-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), The Awakening is the chilling new supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy. In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal skeptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This film certainly will go on my dvd shelf along with The Others, An American Haunting and The Orphanage as well as other films that didn't need blood and fancy special effects to make the hair on the back of my neck prick up.
It takes a combination of several things to tell a good movie ghost story and `The Awakening' gets most of them right. Good casting is a start and in Hall and Dominic West they have two more-than-capable leads. Atmosphere is the next things and director Nick Murphy provides this by the bucket load with creepy shots. He is aided in no small way by some eerie sets and great sound effects/music. Finally, the story itself must hold up. Like with many ghost stories the premise of `The Awakening' is a basic one, but it feels believable and packs a big enough punch at the end so you feel your time has not been wasted.
A film like this lives and dies by the subtly of the scares and it is here that `The Awakening' is a triumph. The slow build up, coupled with shock moments means that you spend the entire film on the edge of your seat. My partner for one was terrified, without being put off by too much gore. The only real downside to `The Awakening' is that it is so traditional. It is a classic ghost story told in a classic way, but with modern techniques and sensibilities added for the scares. There is nothing truly fresh about the film, but it does the classic things well.
With its luscious sets, `The Awakening' is best seen on BluRay, the sound will also be better in this format.
Britain, post World War 1, and Florence Cathcart (Hall) makes a living as an exposer of charlatan spiritualists, a debunker of ghost sightings. When she receives a request from school master Robert Mallory (West) to investigate the supernatural events at a remote boarding school for boys, she is suitably intrigued to take on the assignment...
It comes as no surprise to find that numerous reviews for The Awakening make reference to ghost story films that were made previously. The Woman in Black released a year later would suffer the same fate, charges of it not bringing nothing new to the table etc. A ghost story set in a big mansion or remote educational/correctional establishment is what it is, and will continue to be so, all fans of such spooky fare ask is that it does it well and maybe add some adult themes into the bargain. The Awakening does these in spades.
The concept of a disbeliever in ghosts having their belief system tested to the full is not new, but it's a great concept and one with longevity assured. Here, boosted by a terrific performance from Hall, the screenplay consistently keeps you guessing. The possibilities of real or faked are constant as the director pumps up the creep factor, whilst he simultaneously crafts a number of genuine shock sequences - including one of the best doll house scenes put to film! This really has all the requisite jolts and atmospheric creeps for a period spooker.Read more ›
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I was a bit surprised by this story. It had a similar atmosphere that "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman had. Slight twist that I would never have figured out. Read morePublished 13 days ago by PinkySwear
Item as described, would use again & recommend to friends and family.Published 3 months ago by Blondie
A gem of a movie.And its British.
If you love horror movies that aren't all about gore,bit psychological,with wee little scares here and there.This is for you. Read more
The strong opening scene follows an atmospheric seance attended by Florence Cathcart, a professional sceptic determined to expose the parlour tricks of fake mediums who exploit the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Moira
Not a bad ghostie film; I've seen much worse! Pretty slow to start with some unpredictable twists later on.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jimbo W
a excellant horror film not for the fainthearted 5star rateingPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer