A kitchen knife incident, flickering lights and taps that splutter-sputter... Yep, we're definitely in haunted house territory here as director Jaume Balagueró shows off his mastery of shocker clichés with misplaced enthusiasm.

No wonder this lamentable Spanish-US co-production stayed on the (quite probably wonky) shelf for three years. Iain Glen and Lena Olin are the overworked American couple who decide to downshift to rural Spain and life in a creepy, rundown home of muted greys and greens. Only daughter Regina (Anna Paquin) has the smarts to realise something is wrong. It says much about the script's failings that it needs lengthy monologuing from Giancarlo Giannini's apparently kindly grandpop to build a tiresome backstory of eclipses, missing children and ancient evil. Mark for demolition.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2005

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