Young Sally (Bailee Madison) unwillingly stays with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new partner Kim (Katie Holmes) at Blackwood Mansion, which Alex is restoring. Discovering a secret basement, Sally becomes aware that malign little creatures live under the house. They start whispering to her.
A satisfying, well-crafted supernatural horror movie, refreshingly retro in its Gothic trappings. It won’t traumatise a generation, but it certainly delivers the shivers.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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