The Haunting Of Radcliffe House
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2014 | 15 | DVD/ download
Of Radcliffe House fancies itself a classic ghost story. You can tell, because after professional fixer- upper Meg ( Olivia Williams) moves her family into a creaky old mansion, the clichés and references stack up alarmingly fast, with both Wuthering Heights and Dracula getting shout- outs. But one sad- eyed ghost does not a classic make, and this tends towards moronic, not iconic.
The main irritant is Meg herself: she’s one of those characters who’s so determined not to acknowledge the supernatural that she ignores everything around her. And the final sting is so dopey it undermines its own sinister intentions – what self- respecting ghoul uses “petal” as a term of endearment and still expects people to be scared?
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