When a series of inexplicable supernatural events strikes their home, Russell and June Palmer try to figure out exactly what is behind the tragic drowning death of Alice, their 16-year-old daughter. A psychic might be able to help them.
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Very effective fictional documentary that actually respects the forms and rhythms of documentary, rather than fighting against them. Particularly powerful is the film's framing of ghosts as existential nightmare, as a presence just parallel to our own whose very existence raises the specter of doubt. Spiritualism had a close connection to photography in the late 18th century, and this film exploits those connections.
A low-budget Australian retelling of the "Twin Peaks" mythology by the way of the "Paranormal Activity" aesthetic (although it predates the latter). The thing to know about this film is that it unfolds almost 90% through interviews, so get ready for lot of talking heads telling you what's happening rather than the director showing you. Thankfully, its ghost story favors the subtle mindfuck over flashy jump scares.
A rare example of how to make a convincing mockumentary, with really good actors, a simple but good story and an excellent work of edition. Not to mention the chilling yet melancholic atmosphere that Murcof's music helps to create. Sad, frightening, and very human.
Unsettling. You never know what to expect from the suspension of horror and fear. It really did scared me. The mood it creates is so powerful that it doesn't need jump scares to really mess with you, as it creates a false sense of calm. Even though it doesn't totally fulfil you, it's truly unsettling.