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66 Ratings

The Little Stranger

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
United Kingdom, Ireland, 2018
Drama, Horror, Mystery


In post-WWII Britain, a doctor revisits a crumbling great house called Hundreds Halls where his mother once worked as a nurse maid. The owners are losing the house because they can’t afford the taxes, even though they say the home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first born.

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The Little Stranger Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Abrahamson would rather race through the spine-chilling moments — or throw a haughty sneer in their direction — so that he can get to the metaphor at the story’s heart. . . . If that makes it sound like meaning constantly takes precedence over method here, it’d be a spot-on diagnosis. And like flesh without a skeleton to support it, the film ultimately collapses in a hollowed-out heap.
September 09, 2018
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Adapted from a novel by Sarah Waters, this tony British ghost story aspires to the quiet psychological horror of such Val Lewton classics as I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944) but ends up feeling cold and stiff.
August 30, 2018
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The twisting and cracking of the British class system is always fascinating to observe, and “The Little Stranger” traces the details of its chosen moment of social change with precision and subtlety, and with its own layers of somewhat dubious nostalgia. Since it’s also a horror movie, subtlety can go only go so far, and the past becomes a trunk mined for spooky costumes and effects.
August 30, 2018
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