THE FILM begins with a teenage girl named Lucy (Gridley) and her mother, Sarah (Logue), in a car. Lucy asks her mother if she can go for a camping trip. When Sarah says no, an angry Lucy storms out and gets run over.
The story cuts to another mother-anddaughter pair. Teenager Tess (Simpkins), who for years has suffered from what appears to be mental instability, has moved into a new house with her mother, Jessica ( Annika Marks), hoping for a fresh start.
One day, Tess skateboards by the road where Lucy died. An unseen force pushes Tess down, and when she gets up, she has been possessed by Lucy’s spirit.
A priest from Jessica’s local church comes by to see Tess and suggests to Jessica that an exorcism is needed.
Before anything can happen, Tess runs to Sarah’s house. Sarah soon realises that the young girl standing in front of her is the daughter she recently lost.
Sarah must now convince Lucy to leave Tess alone and move on to the other side. But will Lucy listen to her mother?
The director has employed a unique style in presenting this horror story. He tries to be subtle. I really appreciate his effort. But sad to say, he has failed in his attempt.
Personally, I feel the movie is too dry to be called a horror flick. Expect boredom to creep in halfway through as the story is really slow. It is like watching a tortoise running a marathon. There are many useless, mindless scenes that should have been cut.
The story has an interesting flavour in the beginning. But as the film progresses, the
flavour slowly disappears, and you are left with a dull taste in your mouth.
A lot of the time, you are left to make your own interpretation of events, which may have worked against the film.
All the actors in the film have one expression on their faces – grim, or depressed – from start to end.
No one really laughs or smiles in the film. In fact, the only anguish here is mainly felt by the audience.