The Canal Reviews

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May 7, 2019
It'd be closer to greatness if only the entire final reel hadn't squandered all that horrifying potential by going with a conclusion that's far too typical.
March 16, 2019
An irish horror movie that lacks spirit, substance and a coherent script. It's weird that horror movie characters, to this day, still make lousy decisions. [Full review in Spanish].
November 3, 2018
It really was everything I want in a horror film; scary, beautiful, excellent acting, and a storyline that is both simple and imaginative at the same time. This is definitely the kind of film that will be on my mind for quite a while.
October 24, 2018
The Canal is a hidden gem of a film, demonstrating the type of intelligent horror audiences often say they want yet rarely pay for.
November 23, 2016
A film that at first seemed worthy of an heir to Lynch, Fincher or Polanski's cinema but ends up bordering on ridicule. [Full review in Spanish]
May 12, 2016
Rupert Evans' performance as David is alarming in the shift from unassuming and tender husband and father to demonic neurotic and delusional obsessive.
April 5, 2016
A truly original horror film isn't easy to come by these days... The Canal, isn't the film that's going to change that, but it does have its positives.
August 22, 2015
A wonderfully shot, cleverly written, and subtly effective horror movie.
May 10, 2015
The Canal, though reliant on atmospherics and superb sound design, looks and feels more than genre cinema than Kavanagh's earlier, freakier one.
May 8, 2015
Making the most of its modest attributes and a wrenching central performance by TV regular and Hellboy veteran Rupert Evans, this Irish chiller lurches from unspoken eeriness to outright horror as it plots a familiar paranormal trajectory.
May 7, 2015
Writer-director Ivan Kavanagh and cinematographer Piers McGrail fashion something properly cinematic from their watery, nondescript locations: an overcast, portal-like towpath, and a dilapidated public loo ...
May 5, 2015
This Dublin-set horror rehashes every haunted-house trick in the book.
May 4, 2015
Though some of the plot doesn't entirely add up, with a few ill thought-out reveals towards the end, the sinister atmosphere is enough to keep you teetering on the edge of your seat for most of the running time.
March 6, 2015
While the film initially requires a modicum of patience as it finds its footing, those who persevere will be rewarded with plenty of chills, thrills and an utterly twisted climax that cements The Canal's status as a memorable yarn.
October 27, 2014
Spirits in restrooms, blood from the walls and a hand cranked camera add up to something, but we are not sure what.
October 13, 2014
Kavanagh periodically manages to create a truly spooky vibe, using simple and effective cinematic devices and a heart-attack-inducing score by Ceiri Torjussen.
October 13, 2014
Injecting explicit imagery into an old-fashioned possession story, writer-director Ivan Kavanagh brandishes his unusual mix of styles right from the beginning.
October 9, 2014
Over all, the action is too cryptic, and the pedestrian dialogue doesn't help.
October 7, 2014
Piers McGrail's nuanced, moody cinematography brings out the best in writer-director Ivan Kavanagh's over-mannered but effectively creepy ghost story.
September 8, 2014
What makes The Canal so captivating is less the familiar story than David's intensifying nightmarish mindscape ...
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