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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Dennis Quaid
Sharon Stone
Stephen Dorff
Christopher Plummer
Juliette Lewis.
Directors
Mike Figgis.
Screenwriters
Richard Jeffries.
Running Time
119 minutes

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Cold Creek Manor
Derelict house for sale, one nutso previous owner


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Plot
Wealthy New Yorkers, kids in tow, move to a dilapidated repossessed manor house which they soon discover has both the requisite Bad History and, in Stephen Dorff's twitchy ex-con, The Angry Former Occupant.


Review
This should be titled Mike Figgis Pays The Bills. Having broken impressive new ground in digital video cinema (Timecode), Figgis returns to studio work with this disappointingly sub-par genre effort, about a family that move into a possibly haunted house that may or may not be suffering from sinister former tenant syndrome.

Figgis gracefully sets up an enjoyably forbidding atmosphere as documentarian Quaid's ongoing discoveries increase the tensions, but the simply not-scary-enough Dorff fails to build on this – and he's certainly not aided by Figgis' unsubtle score. Following a genuinely unnerving (but wholly illogical) set-piece involving snakes, the film falls into a miasma of genre clichés from which it never re-emerges.


Verdict
Given that it has Mike Figgis calling the shots, it's remarkable just how conventional Cold Creek Manor looks as well as plays. There's none of his usual visual invention, and the heard-it-all-before story turns on tired twists and overplays the jumps.


Reviewed by Danny Graydon

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A Okay Thriller.

I remember seeing this a long while ago and bought it for a reason that I shall explain later. The story is about a couple and their two kids move away from the city to live in Cold Creek Manor to escape the nightmare of their lifes only to be threatened by a ex-tennet of the house and holds some shocking secrets. It's a okay movie, if only a little overlong and a ending that didn't seem to sasfiy me. The pefomances are good, Dennis Quaid is his usual self: pouty and frowning a lot but more or l... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 11:15, 20 February 2009 | Report This Post


OK but not that good

OK we've all seen this type of film before, family leave problems and life in the city for a new start in the country only to find far greater and real problems than those they left behind. Unfortunately it's just not done particularly well in this movie. It starts well and gives the impression it will lead into some kind of haunted mansion movie once the family arrive at their new home. However, what happens is far less exciting. Quaid gives another solid but unremarkable performance, Dor... More

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Posted by KPNuts74 at 14:17, 01 July 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Pathetic!

Yep, agree - terrible! Only good point about this is that Stephen Dorff is still gorgeous, but that doesn't mean it's worth parting with money for. ... More

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Posted by JV at 09:40, 11 June 2006 | Report This Post


Pathetic!

What an awful film. Bad acting, boring plot, totally implausable story, lazy directing and editing, complete lack of chemistry between Quaid and Stone and over long. The only positive is it's good to laugh at after a few beers! ... More

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Posted by posty789 at 09:25, 11 June 2006 | Report This Post


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