The Other Reviews
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.
Nearly 3 and 1/2 stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.