“WE HAVE AL­WAYS LIVED IN THE CAS­TLE”

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Based on a novel by Shirley Jack­son, whose “The Haunt­ing of Hill House:” has yielded mul­ti­ple screen ver­sions, this moody thriller casts Taissa Farmiga (“Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story”) as a young woman whose fear of oth­ers in her vil­lage – who are wary of her trou­bled fam­ily his­tory – has led her to place al­legedly mag­i­cal ob­jects around her home to ward off evil. A cousin’s (Se­bas­tian Stan) visit co­in­cides with the dis­ap­pear­ance of those items, also im­pact­ing the teenage girl’s sis­ter (Alexan­dra Dad­dario), who has been a vir­tual recluse since be­ing ac­quit­ted of their par­ents’ deaths. Ex­pect­edly, things only get more dan­ger­ous from that point. Filmed in Ire­land, the melo­drama also fea­tures Crispin Glover and Paula Mal­com­son (“Dead­wood,” “Ray Dono­van”).

★★★ (Not rated: AS, P, V)

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