The Others (2001)
Critic Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
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A welcome change of pace from most contemporary scary stories, where the shocks come with all the subtlety of flashers jumping out of park bushes.
It's obvious that Amenábar is trying to subtly build layers of ghostly tension, but man, till it nears the climax, this movie crawls.
The Others is a modern horror film with an old-fashioned touch, relying on suggestion and suspense to generate fear.
Nicole Kidman's brilliant turn dominates this sumptuously made supernatural thriller, which sustains creepy tension without relying on gory violence or special effects.
The Others, like its popular predecessors The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects, keeps us (here, literally) in the dark for the entire movie and then, just before everyone packs up to leave, throws a shocking curve our way making us rethink everything we
Audience Reviews for The Others
Steeped in mood and ominous forebodings here is horror of the old school. Without humongous kitchen knives or weird masked killers or buckets of gory bloodletting, but only the growing sense of "something's wrong, something doesn't feel right, and I don't know what it is". Remember the creepy wonder you felt as a child ... wondering what was out there in the dark ... that terrible anticipation combined with dread, and you'll know what this film delivers.
This stylish, gothic, period ghost story marked the first English-language film for director (and writer, and composer) Alejandro Amenabar.
Set on an isolated island in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the film focuses on a very devout woman whose two children suffer from a (real) disorder that causes them to be highly sensitive to sunlight. Longing for her husband who left to be in the war years earlier, the lady and her kids try to adjust to the addition of a new housekeeping staff in their dim, spooky mansion after the disappearance of the old staff. To complicate matters, the family is under the belief that their home is haunted.
While the general story (and the ending especially) aren't the most original ideas, the film is still a fairly well crafted thriller. It's anchored by some solid performances, especially from Nicole Kidman, and it has some top notch cinematography and sound design/editing, which really add to the appropriately dreary mood, tone, and atmosphere of things. Of course, I expected a film that features light/dark as a main component to have fine cinematography.
The film is a slow burner, and somewhat telegraphed/predictable, but it's still an enjoyable ride while it lasts. I also appreciate how the film doesn't really resort to the visceral in order to elicit shocks and scares, even though I do like a good bloodbath on occasion.
All in all, it's decent, and would probably please those who like slow burning chillers, and anyone who goes nuts for Hitchcock, specifically what he did with Rebecca.
I have always thoroughly enjoyed this uniquely suspenseful horror!
Original and spectacular performance from kidman .
This is what a paranormal\ spooky movie is all about!
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