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“...and learn as much French as you can!” [Lily]
on 25 April 2016
In this 2011 independent horror, Lily (Kelen Coleman) moves to Cassadaga to teach after the death of her younger sister. She moves into a mansion with Claire (Louise Fletcher) and her grandson Thomas (Lucas Beck) but soon visiting a psychic and briefly connects with her sister's spirit but then Lily experiences a series of terrifying visions. There’s also a maniacal killer on the loose turning the victims into living marionettes, but how is it all connected?
Disturbing from the opening scenes of child cross dressing and self castration this offers a strong opening, but then settles down for the next half hour developing the characters, but it seems a little long winded. The idea of Lilly being deaf was a good touch but was underused and ultimately served no purpose, much like the romantic involvement and custody angle which all gave this a roller coaster effect of ups and downs [lose a *].
The single disc opens to a 6 European language selection, then plays one trailer before offering play, scene selection, special features [make-up effects, behind the scenes & theatrical trailer] and set-up [audio 5.1, subtitles in most Scandinavian & Low Countries languages –but not English!]. As an 18 rating this has an unexplicit sex scene , a model posing nude in an art class, some swearing and a few gory scenes, but perhaps not enough of any of them for most viewers. There are some jumpy moments but most of the horror is the knowledge of what’s going on. Some scenes use a fast moving collage style that is akin to flash photography. Watch the end credits as there’s a false ending after they finish. Well worth a watch, but lacked something.