The Others

  • 12
  • Alejandro Amenábar (2001)
  • US / Sp
  • 99 min
The Others
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Open Your Eyes director Alejandro Amenábar references such tastefully literate chillers of the past as The Haunting and The Innocents in this, his English-language debut feature. Nicole Kidman gives a powerful performance here as a highly strung woman living alone in a postwar Jersey mansion with her two light-sensitive children. When she hires a trio of new servants, her shadowy home suddenly turns very creepy indeed, as her daughter starts to see "things" and they all experience seemingly supernatural events. Relying on deliberately old-fashioned bumps in the night for suspense and gothic spookiness, Amenábar invokes the spirit of RKO horror producer Val Lewton - of Cat People fame - to create a study in terror that relies on atmosphere and mood rather than anything too tangibly modern. Almost resembling a serious high art version of Beetle Juice, this frostily macabre melodrama is for those who prefer their goose bumps delivered with sophistication, not a sledgehammer.

Plot Summary

Period horror thriller starring Nicole Kidman. In a remote mansion on the Channel Island of Jersey at the end of the Second World War, Grace is praying for news of her husband, who has been declared missing in action. Her children have an allergy to sunlight and cannot leave the house, so Grace advertises for some home help. Three people respond to her request, but their arrival coincides with a series of sinister occurrences.

Cast and crew


Nicole Kidman
Mrs Mills
Fionnula Flanagan
Christopher Eccleston
Alakina Mann
James Bentley
Mr Tuttle
Eric Sykes
Elaine Cassidy
Old lady
Renée Asherson
Gordon Reid
Mr Marlish
Keith Allen
Mrs Marlish
Michelle Fairley


Alejandro Amenábar

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Some violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Nov 2001
Certificate 12