The Other Reviews

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August 14, 2015
If you love creepy Southern gothic such as Night of the Hunter and Deliverance then this film will tick most of the boxes for you.
Director Robert Mulligan is perhaps best remembered fro the masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird and while this film isn't on the same level as that classic it has plenty of unsettling moments to keep you on the edge of your seat.
In 1935 Connecticut twin sons Chris and Martin are at the heart of a series of curious deaths which plague the local area.
The film follows the twins and there family all the way through to a truly shocking denouement where nothing is as it seems .
Mulligan keeps the tone the right side of silly where a lesser filmmaker would have gone all out he keeps it low key and the film is the better for it,on the other hand if your looking for loads of gore and brutal deaths you will be out of luck here Mulligan is too intelligent a filmmaker to take the film down those avenues.
July 23, 2015
A decent story told in a dull manner. Also, it was really hard to tell the difference between the two boys.
½ April 10, 2015
The other. Bad other, bad. The story follows the boy and quite a few times, group of characters seems to vanish in thin air. The music didn't do it for me. This has the look of a daytime tv film, just like the Lord of the flies, which seemed nonsense and not gripping as well. There are a few good ideas in there that reminds: the shining, the sixth sense, ghost whisperer. In embryonic stage though. I has the look of a cheap movie. The same story could possibly have been made more effectively but the idea of a killer-child does not work well. It would probably be more chilling to follow in an understanding way a real psychopathic child. Which raises the question: are they born or made? How are they to arise?
½ April 3, 2015
The apparently sluggish opening reels of The Other subsequently justify themselves among many other mind-engrossing plot twists in this occult shocker. The film is an outstanding example of topflight writing structure and dialogue, enhanced to full fruition by a knowing director. Mulligan produces a genuinely unsettling atmosphere, undermining the idyllic veneer of his '30s pastoral setting by refusing to romanticise his characters and stressing the claustrophobic elements of living in a close-knit community. His solid psychological insights make for thoughtful, sometimes even chilling, entertainment.
February 24, 2015
Maintains a significant air of creepiness despite its predictability.

Nearly 3 and 1/2 stars.
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The following is a (perhaps pointless) ramble down lanes of thought related to the films predictability:
The films predictability is perhaps no fault of the film makers. The predictability may be due to modern awareness of its conventions. i.e. What was then relatively fresh, we have now become accustomed to.

Saying that, one could also argue that you could guess what was going to happen pretty quickly, without knowledge of these conventions.

If the films predictability is the fault of the filmmakers, it may be a case of 'damned if you do and damned if you don't', as a significant amount of the films dread derives from its predictability.

At any rate, the film makers should be commended for their ability to maintain interest despite any of these grievance's.
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January 4, 2015
I have read Thomas Tryon's novel, and I must say that the film adaptation of "The Other", written by Tryon himself, is a more than worthy companion piece. But it's a rare breed of horror cinema, different from others. It doesn't scare you the way one normally associates scares with a horror film. It's all about dread. Set on a Connecticut farm in the 30's, the movie shows a childlike innocence gone horribly corrupt frame after frame. Perhaps it's the quiet that envelops the film that truly makes it get under your skin. Both Chris and Martin Udvarnoky are quite good as twins Niles and Holland (they are able to bounce between sweet-faced cheer and devilish menace effortlessly). Diana Muldaur is good as well. And though Uta Hagen is a terrific actress, her performance borders on over-the-top just slightly by the third act. It's understandable why she didn't make a ton of films and had a far more prominent role in theatre. But overall, "The Other" is a memorable horror film, underrated and unknown. See it.
July 22, 2014
Creepy. It's easy to see why it's now a cult film.
July 19, 2014
Talvez o primeiro filme com a temática do duplo a que eu tenha assistido. Via todas as vezes em passava na "Sessão de Gala" (alguém ainda lembra disso?). O título em português era "A inocente face do terror", mas hoje poderia se chamar "Precisamos falar sobre o Niles". Deixo a quinta estrelinha por pura nostalgia, mas Mulligan realmente soube dar atmosfera a esta adaptação da história de Thomas Tryon.
½ June 7, 2014
The Other felt like a Dennis the Menace story in which Dennis has a good twin brother who keeps getting blamed for everything Dennis does.
You add in some "spooky" happenings that we simply watch unfold without any real suspense and which can be a tad ridiculous at times and The Other walks a tightrope between comedy and horror. Never truly being laugh out loud funny and yet not really scary or horrific either.
What The Other has going for it is the fact that everything is in camera and could be done without needing to set up any special effects. And considering the age of the film, it does a pretty decent job of telling the story.
I think part of the problem with this film is the lead(s) played by twins Chris and Martin Udvarnoky. It can be quite difficult to get a good performance out of child actors and while the twins are sufficient in delivering their lines, etc. I never truly believe their performances. Could also explain why neither made another film despite having been studying acting before ever being cast in the film.
The Others is a good example of early 70s horror but it just doesn't pack enough oomph to truly deliver in this modern day of filmmaking.
April 26, 2014
Criminally underrated movie. Highly effective psychological drama based on a novel by Tom Tryon.
½ March 16, 2014
A rich scenario and rich characters unfortunately lose out to a story that ends up feeling preposterous thanks to some hamfisted revelations
Super Reviewer
November 16, 2013
You might want to check out this less-known (dated) thriller when you've something better to do. In the beginning, it felt a bit hard to tell Niles from Holland, but thankfully that didn't last long. The story is predictable, but that's not a big problem here. The performances are about okay. Good dialogues and better direction might have made it a notable piece. Besides, the way the climax is executed is also disappointing. 3.5/10.
June 21, 2013
A creepy psychological thriller. I found it somewhat underwhelming, as the "twist" was rather obvious from the very beginning.
½ January 5, 2013
The Other is a somewhat slow paced horror film, but the suspense builds up until the very gripping an unpredictable (for me) climax! With great acting by the very creepy twins as well as a great story, The Other is a horror classic and has probably served as a template for modern horror movies.
½ October 23, 2012
I ran across this on some random guy's 'best horror you've never heard of ' list on YouTube, and the trailer looked creepy enough, so we gave it a look via Netfux Rental.

The creepy story of twins at a quiet farmhouse during the summer, we follow the increasingly unsettling occurrences that begin to plague the family and neighbors, all of it traceable back to these freaky little boys.

Well worth a rental.
May 4, 2012
Les images racontent une histoire tandis que le montage en raconte une autre. Un pur chef d'uvre.
½ January 29, 2012
From Tom Tryon's book. A book reviewer of the time said the shock he recieved upon the discovery made on pg.196 of the novel (hard back) was the most jolting and surprising he had ever had. Today you may see the end coming. But, you have to remember this was made in '72 before the Sixth Sense, etc. No one had seen anything like this.
January 14, 2012
One of the creepiest movies ever made.
There are themes in this movie no modern horror movie would touch (the barrel scene).
The Omen came a few years later, The Omen is basically The Other mixed with Final Destination (which came many years later).
A movie you should watch twice to catch everything, as it is very subtle and well acted.
Directed by Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird)it it incredibly detailed and authentic in its portrayal of 1930's Americana.
Highly recommended.
December 1, 2011
Les images racontent une histoire tandis que le montage en raconte une autre. Un pur chef d'uvre.
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