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.