Deadline

Deadline

Sean McConville (2009)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Poor Brittany Murphy certainly deserved better than this hackneyed haunted-house tale. In one of her last films before her untimely death in 2009, she looks wan and suitably fragile as a troubled screenwriter who makes a disturbing discovery after retreating to a remote Victorian mansion to work. An eerie atmosphere replaces narrative flow in the short, choppy scenes masquerading as a plot, with the old property's creaks and groans over-amplified to create lazy jolts, and everything shot annoyingly dark. The movie's supposed meat - a found footage-based mystery involving former occupant Thora Birch (bland and underused) and her possessive husband Marc Blucas - proves dull and insubstantial, leading to predictable revelations and a rushed climax. Ultimately, too much bad scripting is conveniently explained away by the mental instability of Murphy's character, while a head-scratching final twist will only add to viewer aggravation.

Summary

A writer retreats to a remote Victorian house after suffering a psychological breakdown. Determined to finish work on a screenplay, she soon finds her concentration broken by strange noises inside the home - but when she plucks up the courage to investigate, she discovers a secret that threatens to change her life for ever. Horror, with Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch, Mark Blucas and Tammy Blanchard.

Cast & Crew

Alice Brittany Murphy
Lucy Thora Birch
Rebecca Tammy Blanchard
David Marc Blucas
Director Sean McConville

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD
Drama