Fearter rating: 8.5/10
A modern classic with some great hidden surprises.
Review (no spoilers)
A great movie with some of the best 'haunting' scenes I've seen - so much so, that they are now part of the collective horror psyche.
This movie plays on the idea of a haunted house, seemingly taking gothic inspirations (the long corridors and ghostly apparitions) and mixing it with the more modern demon based hauntings/possessions. However what makes this different is the otherworldly realm which this movie introduces - which it does so in an effective and not too far fetched way.
The cast includes some big stars and the performances draw you into the movie, as all good acting should. The plot makes sense and the film is well paced, entertaining and definitely scary in places.
What I really like about this film is that you'll notice different things during the second, third or even fourth time of watching. It took me a while to see that Victorian kid! The film is also full of 'Easter eggs' which are worth looking up before your second viewing as they add to the layers and fun of the movie.
Other movies have taken inspiration from this film - paying homage to the brilliantly made jump scares as well as the premise of the film.
Why isn't this a 10/10? Well, for me the antagonist when fully revealed isn't just not scary, it's quite frankly odd. Plus the climax of the film could have been better.
All in all, definitely worth watch this modern classic.