Horror. In the ’60s a young man, Jack (George MacKay), his three younger siblings (Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth and Matthew Stagg) and their ailing mother, Rose (Nicola Harrison), leave their old life in England behind and take up residence in her childhood home in rural America.
She dies soon after the move, leaving a note asking Jack to keep the family together at all costs. The children vow to keep her death a secret until Jack can inherit the house when he turns 21, but the idyll of their self-sufficient seclusion is short-lived . . .
If you’ve seen the trailer you might expect a typical horror movie, but this is anything but – it’s a classic slow-burn thriller that steadily builds a feeling of dread, without employing cheap jump scares, right up until its sophisticated revelation.
Despite the familiar feel of the film and a bit of a slow start, brilliant acting by the young cast and a captivating plot set against a magnificent backdrop make this worth watching. – BUHLE-BETHU QATYANA 2017. 111 MIN. 16HLV. ALSO OUT ON DVD.