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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Modern Horror Classics: The Others

Happy mother's Day, and to all who can't celebrate proper; this is for you.

  I hate to break the news here but mother doesn't know best and not every mother may not make the best choices for their family ultimately. The Others (directed, written, and scored by Alejandro Amenábar) is a movie I feel has one of these undertones. Taking place after WWII and on the Channel Islands we start with our main character Grace Stewart (portrayed by Nicole Kidman) waking up from a nightmare, and a little later she greets her new hired servants and gardner. She shows and tells them how things are to be run and reveals an important detail on keeping doors closed and locked at all times and never to be left
  Her two kids Anne (portrayed by Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (portrayed by James Bentley) are the reason for this for it is revealed to the new hires that they have a uncommon disease that makes them photosensitive.
  We also learn early on that her new servants aren't so new to this house themselves for they have been her before and have loved everyday during there stay previously, and have left due to a tuberculosis outbreak.
  Grace is religious and teaches her children the bible just about everyday, but when Anne is to be accused of playing prank of crying out in horror and scarring Nicholas, Grace fails to see that she herself is being unjust and unchristian-like and punishes her daughter for "lying" when confronted about these actions. Even going as far as to falsely accuse the two lady servants for leaving a door open. Anne says it's a boy named Victor who was the one crying and who frightened Nicholas. Of course Grace doesn't believe this at first but is soon to be proven other wise but still seems to be stubborn about what she thinks is the truth.
  Events taking place like phantom footsteps, a piano playing itself, and curtains to the children's room being removed. cause for a ton of denial of there being any ghost in the house, and phantom baby daddy Charles Stewart (portrayed by Christopher Eccleston) coming in for a booty call and leaving as swiftly as he came.
 Throughout the movie there are hints sprinkled for first time viewers that hold up even for people who our rewatching after so many years pass the original theatrical release, like finding a death book with torn pages, the coming and going of Charles Stewart and the first interaction with Victor.
 Everything culminates when the gravestones of the servants are discovered with dates going about a century back and the even bigger reveal witch I want spoil here for the end is always the best part but let's just say that it was really cool seeing a seance from two different points of view and it's a plot twist that I'm sure made M. Night Shyamalan skeleton jelly (that's jealous to the bone for you out there who didn't get the phrase).
  A major thing take note here is how Anne tries her best to make the best choices for her family but it goes without saying how lost she feels without her better half which is explored very well (even though it's for a short time during the film) when he makes his surprise return.
  As far as acting goes there isn't anything to complain about since the cast is really all star all be it a small one and having two child actors but to be fair one of them was better than the other. From all actors conveying emotion and selling that intended emotion is down outstandingly. For the time it had one of the best plot twist backed with a will thought-out script. There are a few questionable parts that happen in like when Anne is an old lady but I guess it's part of the gothic horror feel. The movie feels dream like from the start although some parts display this feel far loudly than others.
  The Others can't be passed and a film perhaps to be enjoyed on Mother's day. Until next time dear readers.

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