The Gathering


There's a good reason this creaky thriller hasn't seen the light of day since 2003...

The Gathering review

Sadly, it’s all too easy to see why this underwhelming psychological horror has been languishing on Miramax’s shelf since 2003.

Finally released – minus a sex scene – it’s an exercise in tedium, bereft of tension.

The premise isn’t bad, with a plucky Christina Ricci roaming the Isle Of Man for clues about a gang of spooks connected to the Crucifixion.

Shame, then, that Brian Gilbert’s (Wilde) direction is so uninspired, with pacing that couldn’t outrun a glacier.

Genre clichés, meanwhile, are well represented by a character with amnesia and the last-act twist. Back on the shelf you go…

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