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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Keri Russell
Josh Hamilton
Dakota Goyo
Directors
Scott Stewart
Screenwriters
Scott Stewart
Running Time
96 minutes

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Plot
The Barrett family home is plagued by mysterious phenomena – suicidal birds, poltergeist activity, inexplicable thefts – and the Barretts suffer blackouts, nightmares and the attentions of spindly, shadowy night visitors. Lacy Barrett (Keri Russell) worries one of her family has been targeted for abduction by ‘greys’.


Verdict
This would like to be the Paranormal Activity of alien encounter films, down to a surveillance video subplot, but it’s more on the level of midlist spookers like Boogeyman or The Messengers. It’s unnerving while you’re watching it – Stewart stages one or two genuine jump-out-of-your-seat scares – but you might find it’s a gap in your memory a week or two later.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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