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4.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked more emphasis on the supernatural and mystical, 2 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Thale (Amazon Video)
After a first viewing - a lovely film, very strange, celebrating the unusual, the obscure. A film with a heart. I felt that the first part where they were trying to fathom the situation went on a bit too long and a bit samey, but generally this was a breath of fresh air and utterly devoid of the common denominator factors of mainstream film-making and marketing.

More sci-fi than horror actually. Personally, I would have liked more emphasis on the supernatural and mystical, rather than the science fiction, although the sci-fi did bring in a powerful conflict.

Well-acted and intriguing. One to watch again. Very atmospheric and artfully made.

The Dorking Review
The Dorking Review
by Gary Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Talent, 27 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Dorking Review (Paperback)
This is an excellent collection of high-quality offbeat humour and satire by largely unknown writers who should clearly be better-known. Yes, it is a somewhat random collection of squibs and pastiches, but all the better for that. A lovely read for fans of quirky humour and off the wall parody. The spoof news articles, interviews and letters etc are a real hoot.
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Fragile [DVD]
Fragile [DVD]
Dvd ~ Calista Flockhart
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Good in Parts, 16 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Fragile [DVD] (DVD)
Well, this is a supernatural mystery. Now these need to provide interesting characters, atmosphere, a convincing back story to explain
the apparitions, and a convincing ghost or monster. Fragile scores quite highly on the characters and the atmosphere and is a decent mystery for a long time. No classic but quite good. Where it falls down is - as so often in this genre - at the end, at the denoument, when the ghost is quite ludicrous (the child would have been more scary) and the whole thing becomes unconvincing. I was disappointed at the end but enjoyed the ride up to then.

Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Peter Wyngarde
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £9.94

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Black and White Chiller, 4 Jan. 2008
Excellent cinematography and subtle use of tension and imagery. Excellent supernatural thriller. If you like the classic supernatural fiction, this is one you will enjoy.

The Innocents [1961] [DVD]
The Innocents [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Deborah Kerr
Price: £5.99

82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 17 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Innocents [1961] [DVD] (DVD)
A masterpiece of ghost-story cinema and haunting Victoriana. Wonderful adaptation of 'The Turn of ths Screw'. Takes the stage play 'The Innocents' and transforms it into a cinematic tour-de-force of innocence, corruption, dark secrets and above all ambiguity. The great thing is the ambiguity - the viewer is left to make up their own mind. Are the children being used by the ghosts of the dead servants (as it seems they were used by the servants when alive), are the apparitions real, is it all in the imagination of the repressed and hysterical governess, have the children been abused and corrupted, is it all a work of psychological symbolism (with the old mansion and the ghosts being used as symbols of the abuse of the children's innocence)? There is evidence to support all theories, which is exactly what Henry James intended with his story. Unlike the modern horror films which throw everything at you and don't allow your imagination to work, this film uses suggestion and ambiguity and stimulates your imagination.

The screenplay ('90% by Truman Capote') and script make great use of the old house and the images of decay and corruption amid its beauty and ornate Victoriana to show the dark heart of the tale. The cinematography in black and white cinemascope is used to perfection. The direction and the acting are all perfectly fitted to the story. In all, this creates a wonderful, claustrophobic and chilling world.

The BFI release DVD package is a thing to treasure. Apart from the movie itself there is a filmed intro and a commentary by Christopher Frayling, both of which give loads of fascinating backgound info and interpretation, a copy of Jack Clayton's 1st ever movie, and a lovely booklet.

A real work of art.
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Woman in Black [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Woman in Black [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Fear!, 4 Nov. 2006
I have recently read the short novel by Susan Hill which builds up a strong sense of dread by the use of haunting landscape, a mysterious and disturbing back story and a very malevolent supernatural being. This film is an excellent adaptation of the story. It recreates all these elements very well, the acting is superb and the locations are spot on. There are changes - one or two more visual/spectacular things are added, as the book is all atmosphere and a film needs more of a visual/sensational hook at times - but these are in keeping with the feeling of the tale and they actually concentrate and symbolise the horror remarkably well. This is a superb ghost story, one of the best I have seen. For a long time it is a quite gentle, entertaining and intriguing story and I was feeling that it was a decent recreation of the book's atmosphere with one or two quite frightening scenes and a sense of mystery and dread. But then it becomes very frightening indeed (as the book does) when the central character goes to stay at the house, and is very disturbing from then on. The film goes up a gear in this way and - unlike so many horror/supernatural films - it succeeds in creating real fear in the viewer. It recreates the fear you feel in a nightmare, that feeling that the horror is getting inside your mind and is genuinely threatening. So many films are just shock-horror entertainment and you remain detached. Not here! Recommended - stick with it and it will become a very powerful experience.

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