The Others (2001)

An overly cautious mother takes on three new servants to look after her two children at their beautiful English estate, but all is not well in the Stewart household... Strange sounds and odd occurences wrack the quiet halls of the house, leading the children to believe that it may be haunted by the spirits of the past. After reaching world renown with his brilliant psychological thriller OPEN YOUR EYES, Spanish director Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar returns with this chilling take on Gothic Horror entitled THE OTHERS. Inspired by genre classics like Jack Clayton's THE INNOCENTS or James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE, AmenĂ¡bar allows himself plenty of time to build a steady growing suspense and oppressive mood. The director frequently winks at the audience through the character of Mrs. Mills, alluding to one of several plausible twist endings. Each of the cast members, including Nicole Kidman but especially the children, perform very well, and add to the playful ambiguity of the plot. The overall result is a tighly-drawn tension that will have audience members leaping out of their seats for the many surprise moments! A finely-crafted ghost story if ever there was one.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE OTHERS:
THE INNOCENTS, BURNT OFFERINGS, THE CHANGELING, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, THE ORPHANAGE, THE SIXTH SENSE, GHOST STORY.



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2 comments:

  1. The Others was a great movie! Great twist ending as well.

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  2. Alex if you haven't seen THE INNOCENTS yet be sure to check that out as well, both are based on The Turn of the Screw, and both are excellent!

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