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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Elizabeth Olsen
Adam Trese
Eric Sheffer Stevens
Julia Taylor Ross
Directors
Laura Lau
Chris Kentis
Screenwriters
Chris Kentis
Laura Lau
Running Time
85 minutes

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One shot (Jack Reacher not included)


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Plot
Sarah (Olsen), her father John (Trese) and uncle Peter (Sheffer Stevens) meet to clear out a family seaside cottage before it is sold. When the family is assailed by a perhaps-ghostly menace, Sarah finds herself doubting her own senses as past crimes affect the present.


Verdict
It works as a suspense-building scare machine, given heart and depth by Olsen’s performance — though it’s still an effective exercise in misdirection rather than a strikingly original vision, and now it’s a remake of an effective exercise in misdirection.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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