"The Strange House" is a better than average film that will mostly be appreciated by the tween set. The plot has a mother and her two sons moving to a remote German village into a house with a mysterious past. What ensues is a combination of Ghost Whisperer and Nancy Drew that is suspenseful, yet not gory or very scary. While not fantastic, I found it enjoyable.
I read on some website that "Red Lights" is an outstanding suspenseful film with a twist so I figured I should check it out. Well, after watching nearly 60 minutes and then fast forwarding to the last 20 minutes, I can say it is not. Just awful, especially the performances of DeNiro. Over thought, over wrought and over long, "Red Lights" may have wanted to be the "Prestige" but winds up more like a cheap movie of the week.
Light and frothy with dialogue that's witty and snappy in that Noel Coward way of an English gentleman (Harrison) who unwittingly summons his first wife (Hammond) back from the beyond, much to the chagrin of his current wife (Cummings). Takes one back to when the Brits were posh and so classy. Lovely country estate setting with great sets. The three leads are all great together. Yet, none holds a candle to the psychic charms of Dame Margaret Rutherford as Madame Arcati. Very enjoyable!
Enchanting and heartwarming movie of two children in 1918 London who's lives are change when their impoverished, widowed mother is offered a job as a caretaker of a run down country estate by "The Amazing Mr. Blunden". Elements of magic, time travel and peril ensue that just make for a movie that is both humorous and also suspenseful. May be a bit too dark for the very young, yet will be appreciated by the 10-15 year olds who love such British writers as E. Nesbit or C.S. Lewis.
Not great, yet not totally awful, "Dark Was the Night" is your by the numbers haunting/stalking film of a rural town by a supernatural being. There is a disturbance in the woods around the town which must be solved by a grieving sheriff (Kevin Durand) and his fairly new deputy (Lukas Haas) while keeping the town calm. Pretty predictable set-up and ending, with some ok, but too few, really suspenseful moments.