The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen all coiled up in a silent radio. The old lady is on to all their tricks, and she tells them so repeatedly.
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I was amazed by the first 20 minutes of this film. Great John Barry musical score and great Edith Evans performance. Although the rest of the movie is a little bit less stupefying, THE WHISPERERS is one of the best films I've seen in 2011. Highly recommended.
Forbes lightly utilizes several Gothic themes (the sanity of a woman being questioned in order to invalidate her experiences and the lack of trust in marriage between men and women within the domestic space) that he later perfected with The Stepford Wives to construct this interesting portrait of old age. But the film becomes less compelling as Evans strays from her house and the threat becomes less personal.