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And now the cliches start
on 10 October 2008
When Charles Fengriffen takes his new bride Catherine to his anscestral home, strange things start to happen. Catherine seems strangely drawn to the portrait of Charles's grandfather Henry, and also sees an eyeless apparition at the window, as well as being attacked in her bed. Is she going mad, or are there more sinister forces at work? Meanwhile a spectral severed hand is going round strangling anybody who tries to help.
This film has a great cast, and an established genre director, but seems strangely flat. There are moments of great style, but they are few and far between, and it just feels like a mish mash of every British gothic horror from the previous decade. Amicus should probably kept to making horror set in the present day, as this rare foray into gothic territory is not one of their best. Theres nothing terrible about the film, it just feels a bit stale, and fails to either scare or excite this viewer at least.
3 out of 5, but it could have been so much better