I actually don't get what's with all the hate. It's a nice twist to the haunted doll/house type of film. The plot with the posessive/abusive ex feels very contrived though. Rupert Evans' character also feels mostly pointless in the grand scheme of things and I think that without it it would've added to the sense of isolation of the main character. Still worth the watch.
This film sucked so bad that it didn't even deliver the plot twist that I was expecting from the get-go: that the the hunky handyman was, in fact, Brahms, and that he was messing around with the girl. Instead we got a silly man/creature that lived hidden in the walls (?) but was somehow able to walk around the house and move the doll and objects from their place. Hugh, pity. At times the film looked eye-catching.
Basically, a story of sexual harassment, where multiple male predators (the revengeful, possessive, bullying ex boyfriend; the "toy boy" with psychopathic tendencies) stalk, and manipulate a woman. Alas all the major plot "twists" are as predictable as the rain in Seattle. Worse, genre clichés are aplenty. Luckily William Brent Bell violates the most irritating trope: the "damsel in distress". Plz, no sequel needed.
In this very suspenseful, Hitchcockian thriller, I was quite literally watching every frame, beginning to end, because I was so entranced by a very misleading first two acts. By the time that we learn what is actually happening, so much has been fed to you that you feel lied to and somewhat violated, but moreover shocked than anything else. A great twist and some solid acting on all parts. Worth every minute.
It struggles to keep interesting (1st act is based on dreams; 2nd act's a search for non existent proofs) and stretches to maintain its runtime. Even though Greta's emotional struggle justifies her relationship with Brahms, ends up feeling superficial, unfortunately. The abuse storyline should've been more central, imo. The supernatural realm is a veil that will keep you blind to the very satisfying ending.
As a fan of the horror genre I often put myself through the misery of watching new releases with good premises just to find out they have awful scripts and even worse endings. This is yet another case of squandered potential. They had good setting and possibly a good story there but unfortunately the second part is a total waste of time and it gives in to almost all of horror clichés. Shame.
1-2. A story about a woman regarded as an object who ultimately phallically empowers herself to repel a constant masculine attack. The central concept is half interesting and half nonsensical. Brahms receives affection twice removed because of walls (figurative and literal) he sets up between himself and other people. Is he guilty about his bloodshed? Why did Brahms' parents kill themselves? It needs work.