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on 23 January 2010
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