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The Awakening

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Nick Murphy
  • 102 mins
  • 15

Summary

Supernatural thriller starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. England, 1921: Florence Cathcart has made a name for herself by debunking ghostly phenomena and exposing mediums as con artists. But when invited to a supposedly haunted boarding school in Cumbria, where one of the pupils has recently died, Florence is faced with her greatest challenge.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Writer/director Nick Murphy and co-writer Stephen Volk (the veteran ghost-story genius behind the controversial 1992 TV classic Ghostwatch) deliver a mostly effective and unnerving 1920s-set tale here. Rebecca Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a debunker of alleged hauntings, who finds herself summoned to a remote boys' boarding school by teacher Robert Mallory (Dominic West), who tells her that his charges are being menaced by a mysterious spectre. Florence finds that the sinister atmosphere of the school and the influence of its creepy housekeeper (a pleasantly hammy Imelda Staunton) refuse to dissipate, despite her attempts to discover a rational explanation of events. Sadly, things go a little haywire in the third act and much of the carefully wrought tension and ambiguity is lost in an orgy of melodrama and implausibility. This is no classic of a notoriously difficult genre, but if you can forgive the silly conclusion, it's still satisfyingly scary.

Credits

Cast

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Florence CathcartRebecca Hall
Robert MalloryDominic West
Maud HillImelda Staunton
TomIsaac Hempstead-Wright
Edward JuddJoseph Mawle
Reverend Hugh PurslowJohn Shrapnel
Freddie StricklandCal MacAninch
Constance StricklandLucy Cohu
Malcolm McNairShaun Dooley
Harriet CathcartDiana Kent
Alexander CathcartRichard Durden

Crew

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DirectorNick Murphy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2011-11-11
Languages
English | Latin | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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