List (in chronological order) put together by Edgar Wright & Sam DiSalle - July 2016
NOTE: The original publishing…
Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.
Shrouded with a thick layer of mystery that cleverly unfolds over the course of its runtime, making excellent use of horror elements to encapsulate the whole film with a tense mood, and further enhancing its dark ambience by capturing its low-light surroundings in a truly absorbing manner, The Others is one of the most underrated gems of modern horror.
Set in Jersey during the aftermath of the Second World War, the story of The Others follows Grace, a religious mother of two children suffering from a rare disease that makes them allergic to sunlight. When three new servants arrive at their mansion, a series of inexplicable events are set in motion which convinces Grace that there is a mystical presence…
The Others is testimony to the power of restraint. It's a scare movie that doesn't have to get silly before we gasp. If it hadn't worked (like An American Haunting or Wolfman or The Woman in Black didn't work), I probably would've accused Amenábar of haughtiness and sneered at his noble intentions. It's a movie that takes the old-fashioned staples of the genre (a creaking old mansion, the stern matron, a hidden graveyard, infanticide, religious idolatry, pale children wandering about in nightgowns) and revitalises them for a less patient audience. It's been made lovingly, with sumptuous details and an old-Hollywood finesse that reminds us there is a poetry in building genuine suspense.
Grace (Kidman) is an unaffectionate war widow who…
Wow. Even an PG-13 horror can make an effect that sometimes R rated horrors can't do.
Nicole Kidman. She is a beauty. She conquers her role which is troubled, alone, caring, frustrated.
The movie takes a simple story and plays with it till it wants to strike at the end. I like the last 10 minutes of the movie very much. It was intriguing and engaging. It was fantastic.
It scares at a soft level but it still does something to remember.
I am having fun with this amazing Horror festival.
After impressing international audiences with his Spanish work, specifically Open Your Eyes (later remade as the Tom Cruise vehicle Vanilla Sky), Alejandro Amenabar turned his attention exclusively to English language audiences with The Others, a supernatural chiller dripping in quiet menace, steady suspense and evocative atmosphere, a film which ironically earned the director a brace of Goya awards in his native Spain despite not being in his own tongue, not to mention being feted by audiences across the Pond. In the last decade or more, Spanish cinema has been extremely effective in delivering carefully staged ghost stories in a manner Hollywood has for the most part lost touch of, and here Amenabar evokes Poe, evokes Henry James, keeps his routes…
Spooky antics abound as Nicole Kidman frantically searches for some curtains.
I'm starting to think that if I never see another haunted English country mansion film again then that won't be an entirely bad thing at all. This is about the 14,000th film adapting or heavily influenced by The Turn Of The Screw and I think that's just about all I can take, really. I've seen this story enough. I've never been slightly scared or unnerved by it, and I never will be.
I really did think that I quite liked this until about a few minutes from the end when all of a sudden I realised that I had mostly…
Remember when Nirvana exploded and every major label scrambled to sign any band they could find that was even remotely similar? Well, if The Sixth Sense is Nirvana (and given how quickly M Night Shyamalan squandered whatever goodwill his breakout hit engendered, I hesitate to draw the comparison), then The Others is Bush.
The themes, tone, essential plot points, and even the color palette are all lifted directly. To its credit, this is not immediately apparent, and the way the exposition is carefully doled out over the first two acts makes it genuinely intriguing for awhile. But once it starts clueing you in to what’s really going on, it feels all too familiar.
The main thing that made The Sixth…
This film has everything I expect from a mystery horror. A good story, a cast I don't want to drown and a good old bit of mystery.
The only thing not giving this a 5/5 is that once you've seen it, you know what happens and that takes away from the mystery on repeat viewings.
What a chilling and great movie. It's got nearly everything a fan of horror films would love. The only thing missing is gore and monsters, but it doesn't really need them. It's dark but not imperceptibly so. It's terrifying but not in a cheap or jump-scare way. It just seeps into your brain and makes you dread anything the might come next. From the near psychotic, "Mommie Dearest" moments from Nicole Kidman, to the giddily evil monster child of the older daughter (every time she giggled my hair would stand on end.), to the literal "others" that show up throughout; the movie just keeps you on edge.
And then there's the twist... Obviously I won't give it away, but it…
Loved the ending and the entire feel of The Others. Nicole Kidman was amazing here.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watch Nicole Kidman inexplicably freak out for 101 minutes until her kids finally get through to her that they're all dead and maybe can relax a little.
I have a feeling The Others will be a potentially great re-watch, except I can't say why without hitting the spoiler button. So this will be my attempt to at least describe my initial viewing of The Others, and at the end I'll get into what might make this movie completely different on a re-watch.
The Others is a classic ghost story; the kind of gothic yarn spun by Poe and the Brontes, filled with spooky candlelight, set in an old mansion, and has a greater emphasis on character and atmosphere than in the creation of scares. While some may prefer the more relentless action of horror, I really enjoy this kind of traditional story for just how rare it…
I knew the spoiler going in, which kind of renders the whole film pointless. It wasn't actively bad, I just tend to find the whole gothic horror genre boring instead of scary. It's just my bias.
A film that can be repeat watching for over 5 times and you still feel stunning.
Focus on the atmosphere what director wants to give you.
The camera settings builds up the characters' traits, especially "Grace". Tense,cold,strict,paranoid.
The greatest plot twist I ever saw (probably only "Handmaiden" by Park,Chanwoo" can "categorize" as same level)
The story was full of philosophy ideas, of course most of these kind of films has God-spirit-human aspects, but in the end you will feel how human beings foolish is.
We just live in the world what we imagined / believed -
An average movie surrounding an excellent twist!
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