A young girl is sent to live with her estranged father and his girlfriend at their new home. The father, Alex has plans to spruce up the home with the help of his interior decorator girlfriend, Kim. The previous owner of the home was a famous painter who mysteriously disappeared. Alex’s daughter, Sally, soon discovers the cause of the painter’s disappearance.
Well, it was Halloween yesterday so I guess it was appropriate to pull one of the scary movies off my not-yet-watched Blu-ray shelf. The choice fell on this one which, although not directed by, has a screenplay written by Guillermo del Toro.
I think it is a nice little “scary-story”. Perhaps not wow-great but nice. It has that old “tales of ghosts and other things that go bump in the dark” quality over it and is fairly far from a lot of the gory slasher movies relying solely on special effects. Having said that I do like those as well from time to time. This one had more of a classical old-fashioned quality over it though. It would say that it felt a bit like a “family horror movie” if one can actually say that about a horror movie.
Generally I’d say that the story held together well even though it was rather predictable. There are a few annoying holes of course. There always are. Did none of the guests notice anything and did they really thing that the small child made all that mess in the library? Why did Sally not want any of the guests to look at the photo she took? Were the no repercussions following the disappearance of Kim? Okay, minor issues perhaps. There are a lot of horror movies out there with lot less coherent stories.
Overall a nice enough hour and a half when in mode for a mildly scary movie.