This one could have been on par with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but they took it just a few steps too far! It had so much going for it.
The atmosphere was impeccable, and it had its ghastly moments too amidst the all too visual ones. It had good characters. It had a good setting. It had it all, really - just took it a little bit too far.
You recognize The Ring and Silent Hill and all of those traditional scary movie elements within it, with the creaking bones, and turning heads, and worst of all: jump scares.
I can't rate it too low though since it's still definitely the best scary movie I've seen in some time! Can't critique the filmography overall. There are really no flaws there; nor with the script.
Even that which might first seem like a stereotypically clumsy evil all works according to a bigger plan after all: it leads them where it wants them to go, slowly, suggestively, one clue at a time... even though it sometimes seems to try to kill them in the process.
And I love the cover.
I'm writing this in a dark house though, alone, but I'm not really seeing shadows or ghosts around me. It left me a little shook, but not scared out of my mind. Not possessed. Not jumpy; in a sweat and fear that'll take some time to calm down.
If only it had toned down the jumpscares a little bit more...
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome