With Nicole Kidman, Fionulla Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes
Directed by Alejandro Amenabar

The war is over and a protective mother on an isolated estate in a large, old house lives alone with her young son and daughter, her husband missing in action. The girl claims that she sees a little boy in the house, as well as several other people. Strange sounds and occurrences get creepier, especially after three new servants arrive. The tension steadily builds as the religious mother starts to lose her grasp of the situation. Produced by Kidman's now ex, Tom Cruise, the largely Spanish production definitely has an effect by lending it a Hollywood-free atmosphere. This dark, suspense filled spooky trip may be obvious to some from the outset, but it systematically sucks you into its ghostly bosom with sparse but intense scares outdoing the crap late 90's barrage of teen horror re-hashes.

4 / C
- PB

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B - C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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