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The Gathering 2002

3.7 out of 5 stars (37) IMDb 5.7/10

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

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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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"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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This 2003 thriller/horror begins with American girl Cassie Grant (Christina Ricci) being knocked down in rural England and showing few injuries is soon released from hospital and takes work as nanny to the children of the woman who ran her over. To add to the mix, the woman' husband Simon Kirkman (Stephen Dillane) is authenticating a recently discovered 1st century A.D church which contains a life-size stone carving of the crucifixion viewed from behind, with other figures carved into the wall beyond looking on. Cassie soon bonds with the Kirkman's two children but starts to experience disturbing visions and fears for her sanity and the safety of the boy, Michael, who also seems disturbed by visions. Her apprehensions grow as she delves deeper into the history of the village and the feeling something isn't right around the place becomes more apparent.
The film starts off strongly with multiple shocks/jumpy moments and leads you in varying directions as it progresses but the outright scary horror you expect at the beginning soon dissolves into the more supernatural realm as Cassie settles into the house and experiences her visions, but it's not a `pagan rites' or `good vs evil' plot, rather it's a highly interesting story using a strong religious theme to create a spooky mystery. However, this is no `horror' but is more of a psychological suspense thriller as she tries to figure it all out.
Don't get me wrong, although the plot seems to slow down after a great start it's still a great little movie but it does set your expectations too high at the start but after all is said and done, this is rated age 15, NOT 18. Whilst the acting is fine, there is a lack of tension in places which could quite easily have made this more scary with a little more thought. Even though the disc has no features other than play and scene selection as a 15 rating it's a good ***** but a bit lazy in places.
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