The Haunting of Julia (Full Circle) Reviews

  • Aug 24, 2020

    This movie is so superior to Rosemary's Baby, IMO. It's a complex exploration of profound grief, overlaid with an elaborate past murder, a current dysfunctional relationship, and a supernatural element that may or may not be a figment of the title character's imagination. The level of detail will have you scrutinizing every scene, every note... As a horror, this is a slow, inexorable build to what seems, when it happens, like an inevitable outcome. As a psychological thriller, it is gripping on so many levels. There's little gore, few jump scares, but plenty of suggestion that should give you chills. I'm not a fan of Woody Allen, so my experience with Farrow is her horror, but her expression of grief rings so true, it strikes a chord that brings me back again and again. To top it off, the musical score is perfection. Delicate, hesitant, eerie, driven....it's collaborative craft at its finest. If you're looking for some slasher/ torture porn/ adrenaline, this isn't it. If you like a movie to stay with you, to grow on rewatching, to haunt you...this may be for you.

    This movie is so superior to Rosemary's Baby, IMO. It's a complex exploration of profound grief, overlaid with an elaborate past murder, a current dysfunctional relationship, and a supernatural element that may or may not be a figment of the title character's imagination. The level of detail will have you scrutinizing every scene, every note... As a horror, this is a slow, inexorable build to what seems, when it happens, like an inevitable outcome. As a psychological thriller, it is gripping on so many levels. There's little gore, few jump scares, but plenty of suggestion that should give you chills. I'm not a fan of Woody Allen, so my experience with Farrow is her horror, but her expression of grief rings so true, it strikes a chord that brings me back again and again. To top it off, the musical score is perfection. Delicate, hesitant, eerie, driven....it's collaborative craft at its finest. If you're looking for some slasher/ torture porn/ adrenaline, this isn't it. If you like a movie to stay with you, to grow on rewatching, to haunt you...this may be for you.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    Full Circle is a disappointing. It is about Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life after the death of daughter. Mia Farrow and Keir Dullea give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Richard Loncraine did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

    Full Circle is a disappointing. It is about Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life after the death of daughter. Mia Farrow and Keir Dullea give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Richard Loncraine did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    this is one of my special favorites

    this is one of my special favorites

  • Apr 21, 2017

    I signed up with Rotten tomatoes to be able to see the movie but I don't see an option that works, Why offer it? I also click on the Watch on Netflix on rhis page and it dosnt exsist. Why offer To get people's E-mail! Reason why I didn't give a 5 Star rating.

    I signed up with Rotten tomatoes to be able to see the movie but I don't see an option that works, Why offer it? I also click on the Watch on Netflix on rhis page and it dosnt exsist. Why offer To get people's E-mail! Reason why I didn't give a 5 Star rating.

  • Apr 06, 2017

    Protracted haunting tale with Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby) once again in semi scary gothic story. Campy 70's synth and piano music is dated. Not a lot of action with many small scenes that could have been edited out and add little to the plot or atmosphere, usually devoid of dialogue. Somewhat well worn death tropes for supporting cast characters with disappointing ending.

    Protracted haunting tale with Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby) once again in semi scary gothic story. Campy 70's synth and piano music is dated. Not a lot of action with many small scenes that could have been edited out and add little to the plot or atmosphere, usually devoid of dialogue. Somewhat well worn death tropes for supporting cast characters with disappointing ending.

  • Sep 27, 2016

    One of the top most terrifying movies of all time. The soundtrack and cinematography are truly hair-raising.

    One of the top most terrifying movies of all time. The soundtrack and cinematography are truly hair-raising.

  • Nov 03, 2015

    I watched a horrible cut of this film. Crackling and staticky noises covered the entire film making me easily lose concentration, the last few films I've been watching have all been the same deal. These really weird movie channels have like the worst version of films. It probably would have been more enjoyable if it wasn't some 180p version of the film either. It was far from the EDTV 480p standard in television today. Anyway, the plot is pretty standard fare. I'm still confused over the events of the film. The ending is horrible and confusing and the film is a slasher and I still can't figure out who's causing the murders. The film is a mess of confusion.

    I watched a horrible cut of this film. Crackling and staticky noises covered the entire film making me easily lose concentration, the last few films I've been watching have all been the same deal. These really weird movie channels have like the worst version of films. It probably would have been more enjoyable if it wasn't some 180p version of the film either. It was far from the EDTV 480p standard in television today. Anyway, the plot is pretty standard fare. I'm still confused over the events of the film. The ending is horrible and confusing and the film is a slasher and I still can't figure out who's causing the murders. The film is a mess of confusion.

  • Nov 22, 2013

    We all know that Mia Farrow is a master playing neurotic on the verge to hysterical women, and very convinsingly so. This movie makes no exception. It's a rather chilling story, about a family who one morning experiences a very traumatic and tragic accident, causing the family's only child's death. Julia (Mia Farrow), the mother gets so grief- strucken, she gets aquitted for a mental institution for a shorter while. In an appempt to start a new life from scratch, she separates from her husband and buys an old mansion in London, to get on her feet again. She befriends some neighbours, and one of them who claims to be psychic, warns Julia about the house. During a seance one evening, the neighbour cracks and screams about a mutilated child's body covered in blood. Strange "accidents" soon seem to happen to eveyone in Julia's small circuit of friends and acquaintances. Julia is determined to find out who the murdered boy, her neighbour was screaming about during the séance, and when she visits the local library some very old aricles are found. It turns out that a little boy was brutally murdered and a janitor was convicted and hung for it, in the 1930s. But only...the murder did not occur in Julia's (haunted) house, but on a playground nearby. When Julia starts digging in the case she finds out that the truth is more horrendous than anyone could have guessed. I am a big fan of gothic horror, so naturally I liked this movie who doesn't stand out much in it's genre. Though I can admit the movie has aged a bit, and the scenarios with all those "accidents" seem a bit ridiculous. Despite that, I'm longing for the day they released this forgotten movie on DVD. The ending was just brilliant!

    We all know that Mia Farrow is a master playing neurotic on the verge to hysterical women, and very convinsingly so. This movie makes no exception. It's a rather chilling story, about a family who one morning experiences a very traumatic and tragic accident, causing the family's only child's death. Julia (Mia Farrow), the mother gets so grief- strucken, she gets aquitted for a mental institution for a shorter while. In an appempt to start a new life from scratch, she separates from her husband and buys an old mansion in London, to get on her feet again. She befriends some neighbours, and one of them who claims to be psychic, warns Julia about the house. During a seance one evening, the neighbour cracks and screams about a mutilated child's body covered in blood. Strange "accidents" soon seem to happen to eveyone in Julia's small circuit of friends and acquaintances. Julia is determined to find out who the murdered boy, her neighbour was screaming about during the séance, and when she visits the local library some very old aricles are found. It turns out that a little boy was brutally murdered and a janitor was convicted and hung for it, in the 1930s. But only...the murder did not occur in Julia's (haunted) house, but on a playground nearby. When Julia starts digging in the case she finds out that the truth is more horrendous than anyone could have guessed. I am a big fan of gothic horror, so naturally I liked this movie who doesn't stand out much in it's genre. Though I can admit the movie has aged a bit, and the scenarios with all those "accidents" seem a bit ridiculous. Despite that, I'm longing for the day they released this forgotten movie on DVD. The ending was just brilliant!

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Oct 27, 2013

    Bland suspenser with Mia again in occult territory.

    Bland suspenser with Mia again in occult territory.

  • Oct 20, 2013

    While it begins as more of a melancholic domestic drama about coping with loss, events do take a turn for the mysterious and the supernatural. Granted, the film doesn't present us with anything truly new in this regard, but it's a solid-enough piece of work, all things told. It's well-crafted (albeit with a very 1970s flavor), establishes a palpable and undeniably effective mood, and its patient in the way it slowly moves further and further into creepy territory; that's really just one way of saying some people could find the pace pretty slow, but I think it works fine, particularly because the ending leaves an impression. Mia Farrow - despite being tasked by the script to occasionally deliver some pretty on-the-nose dialogue - is very good, and she nicely sells her character's journey. Thinking about the film, it actually feels like something of a spiritual cousin to the great George C. Scott haunted house film THE CHANGELING, but it's nowhere near as chilling as that one. Still, it's worth a look for fans of "slow burn" ghost stories.

    While it begins as more of a melancholic domestic drama about coping with loss, events do take a turn for the mysterious and the supernatural. Granted, the film doesn't present us with anything truly new in this regard, but it's a solid-enough piece of work, all things told. It's well-crafted (albeit with a very 1970s flavor), establishes a palpable and undeniably effective mood, and its patient in the way it slowly moves further and further into creepy territory; that's really just one way of saying some people could find the pace pretty slow, but I think it works fine, particularly because the ending leaves an impression. Mia Farrow - despite being tasked by the script to occasionally deliver some pretty on-the-nose dialogue - is very good, and she nicely sells her character's journey. Thinking about the film, it actually feels like something of a spiritual cousin to the great George C. Scott haunted house film THE CHANGELING, but it's nowhere near as chilling as that one. Still, it's worth a look for fans of "slow burn" ghost stories.