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Director Robert Mulligan works brilliantly with author Tom Tryon as they portray his book "The Other" on screen in 1972. Bright, vivid colors and a few disturbing images highlight this horror film in a way unlike the usual. When a family farm is wreaked by havoc one Summer in 1935, misfortunate striking the farm over and over, pre-teen twin boys, Niles and Holland seem to mysteriously be in the middle of it all. The mischevious Holland continues to get Niles into trouble so it seems, but Niles is the ever-so-obedient twin and knows he has to keep Holland's secret. But there is a certain loneliness in the twins' relationship that pulls you into this movie at the same time as creeping you out. Is the "game" that Ada the twins' grandmother taught them have anything to do with the wrongs that are happening? Is Holland behind these happenings and what does Niles know? Is Holland even alive anymore? And what exactly is wrong with the mother? There is so much to question. The underlying truth is creeping up as the plot progresses, keeping you glued as well as absolutely horrified. The acting is well-rounded and pretty much good throughout the movie, including stars Uta Hagen and John Ritter. The twin boys, Chris and Martin Udvarnoky, never acted before this movie, or ever again. The sly way in which the scenes dart by, enticing as well as frightening, pulls the watcher in and will never let them forget "The Other".
Niles and Holland are twin brothers living on a farm in rural Connecticut. Their father has recently died in a tragic accident and their mother has not been taking it well, spending most of her time in her room in seclusion. Although they are being looked after by their aunt, they are mostly left to their own devices. The main problem is that maybe Holland is evil. I really cannot say that I like this movie. It has a strange, jagged editing style that I found alienating, and I found the fairly big performances by Uta Hagen in particular alienating. There's a big twist in this film that could not be more obvious given the way Mulligan chose to shoot it. It's an adaptation of a book by actor Tom Tryon, best known for "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" and the Otto Preminger films "The Cardinal" and "In Harm's Way". He hated this movie.
Ok, but honestly not that surprising. I found the kids more annoying than menacing
El Otro es un thriller envuelto envuelto en tensión y misterios que se van desvelando poco a poco como capas de una cebolla en el que lo importante no es la resolución de dicho misterio, sino el aterrador camino que nos ha llevado hasta él y el aun más aterrador que nos espera por delante.
Súmale a eso grandes actuaciones, una puesta en escena inteligente, y una edición al servicio de la trama y tenemos una película brillante. Cierto es que a estas alturas una cinta como esta ya no nos puede coger por sorpresa...pero seguramente en la época dejaría a más de uno sorprendido.
Half OMEN / half LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
Incredibly eerie and disturbing.
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.
A decent story told in a dull manner. Also, it was really hard to tell the difference between the two boys.
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?