The Canal Reviews

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.
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.
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 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 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 ...
August 30, 2014
That hole in the wall becomes a hole in the film, and creates a gaping hole in the narrative which... casts everything, including meaning, in deep, dark shadow where the viewer's imagination is left to play hide and seek.
July 26, 2014
The terror of THE CANAL stems from something much deeper than blood or loud bangs. It is the terror of abject certainty - certainty that everything will get worse, much worse, before all of this is over.
April 20, 2014
It's surprisingly dark and scary. It relies heavily on the atmosphere to create suspense, and the constant bizarre imagery and tremendous sound design help deliver in spades.