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2014 | 15 | DVD Director: Adam Wimpenny Cast: Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, Paul Kaye, Russell Tovey, Isaac Andrews
trust a vicar who looks like Paul Kaye in full- on Thoros of Myr mode? Ben ( Ed Stoppard) certainly doesn’t. He moves his family into a house in the country. Both he and wife Rachel ( Sophia Myles) hope that a fresh start will help heal the wounds left by his recent breakdown.
Unfortunately, the locals are an edgy, weird lot. There’s a surly pub landlord, and Jack ( Russell Tovey), who hangs around in the woods. Haunted by visions of a spectral child in an owl mask, Ben becomes convinced that he’s stumbled onto a conspiracy. Or a haunting. Or both, he’s not really sure.
Clichéd? Sure – but TV director Adam Wimpenny’s feature debut is assured and engaging. It straddles the line between ghost story and cult thriller neatly. Myles is good, and Kaye is great – bringing both menace and world- weary charm to the ex- squaddie- who- found- God, Father Patrick.
The plot is a little overcooked. Perhaps concerned that the premise is too familiar, the film chucks in a number of twists, not all of which convince. It’s authentically creepy, though, and the excellent cinematography conjures an appropriately haunted atmosphere.
Extras: There’s a cheery 15- minute Making Of, while Adam Wimpenny provides an enjoyable commentary track, but the highlight is his Russell Tovey- starring short, “Roar”. Will Salmon
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