One of those movies that manages to present idyllic setting - combined with beautiful yet realistic visuals - and still unleash a creeping horror that crawls through every frame. Moments of nostalgia and childhood memories are masterfully evoked, only to be demolished in a horrifying, psychological nightmare which consumes a ruins that it has left behind. A hidden gem of southern gothic that needs to be rediscovered.
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!
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.
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.