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It's not the House that's Haunted. 

Year: 2010 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by James Wan 
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins  
An image from Insidious

The Lambert family lead a happy, normal life, and moving to a new house seemed like a wise step. Tragedy strikes, however, when their son, Dalton (Simpkins), falls off a ladder and slips into a coma. Strange occurrences begin to take place around the house and scare the family into moving away again. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to escape ghostly spirits if it’s a member of the family they’re haunting rather than the house.

Coming from the makers of Saw you know you can’t go too wrong with this one; a film that truly ticks the box of Horror. The difference here of course is that instead of trying to ‘gross you out’ with blood and guts, it actually projects images that will make you jump out of your seat and possibly even have you screaming. How many ‘horror’ films really do that nowadays?

Although a relatively cheap film to make, box office tickets have produced a massive profit due to the pure entertainment value offered by the film. Rose Byrne plays well the worried and easily scared mother, whose nervous disposition can only put the audience more on edge. Wilson therefore plays the archetypal role of the protective yet skeptical father, who is willing to go along with his wife’s worries. The writer Leigh Wannell even makes a cameo appearance.

Although there are some sparing moments of humour, others have called it the scariest movie they’ve ever seen, with more than a few references to horror classics thrown in for good measure. If you think your wits are up to it, take a gamble.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Autumn Term (35mm)