Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
A mysterious outsider grabs the attention of an independent young female aspiring novelist; pulling her away from a childhood friend and her family and leading her to a house with a deadly history.
del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) has brought back the classic moody ghost story; something that we see far too few of now. Relying more on the story’s gothic style, suspense, and outstanding set decoration (as opposed to outright gore) he’s presented an enjoyable ‘throwback’ film.
Brings to mind films such as “Gaslight,” “Notorious,” and “The Uninvited” – all classic (and more subdued) works from years ago. Absolutely beautiful, brimming with original style, stunning visuals, and more than its share of creepiness.
My rating: 9 out of 10.