The Awakening

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  • Director: Nick Murphy
  • Writers: Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy
  • Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton
  • Release Date: November 2011
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Run Time: 107 min




1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves.

Review: The Awakening is a derivative film drawing on The Others, The Innocents and even a shade of The Shining. That said it works beautifully.Ghost buster Florence is sent to a school to investigate a haunting.What is brilliant about this film is the evocative atmosphere of the teachers having returned from the First World War to teach in this school where the occurrences have taken place.To go into the plot and describe say the movement of a Dolls House that Florence keeps on examining would ruin it! It is beautifully written, photographed and directed. The acting is strong on all fronts — Children adults and ghosts respectively!




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