Competent found-footage creepiness that doesn't end well Discuss this article

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This so-so, occasionally effective horror film combines found-footage creepiness and haunted-house scares – but is stronger on mood than story. A believable Ethan Hawke gives it some grounding as Ellison, a struggling true-crime writer who moves into a suburban house notorious for an unsolved mass slaying. He immediately discovers a stock of 8mm movies which offer a distressingly vivid insight into the crime. Things start going bump in the roof space. A loopy final section exposes the flakiness of the film’s ideas. 

By Trevor Johnston
Time Out Abu Dhabi,


  • Duration: 110
  • Released: Thu, 08 Nov
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone

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