In the summer of 1935, 12-year-old twins Niles and Holland Perry live with their family on a Connecticut farm. Their loving grandmother Ada has taught them something called “the game.” A number of accidents begin happening, and it seems to Niles that Holland is responsible.
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A horror film where the lasting feelings of revulsion & dread are not the result of a conventional exploitation of jump scares & gore but of the naturally unsettling subject matter & its deeper psychological implications. The film is chilling because the characters seem genuinely broken & with good reason; their back stories & subtext of displacement, isolation & grief give context to the morbid elements of the plot.
Even though the main plot twist of this film (which happens about halfway through),is pretty obvious.Theres something compulsive about "The Other", that ensnares you like a fly in a spiders web.Are we witnessing some kind of strange sibling possession,or is this a straightforward case of schizophrenia?Add to this a touch of the Gothic,a twist of passed Summer days,a dose of the Lindbergh Case and you're bewitched!
Read the book a while back, fell in love with the story and how Tryon describes the small town. Maybe that's why the film didn't have the kind of effect I would have hoped, but Mulligan succeeds in adapting the story. The atmosphere could have been even more creepy, though.
Sur le thème rare de l'enfance trouble, un exceptionnel chef-d'oeuvre du cinéma "fantastique", vénéneux au possible, qui dégage dans son lyrisme constant, une étonnante et fort envoûtante noirceur "magique"... www.cinefiches.com