Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling, Liv Hill
Supernatural period horror directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Set in the summer of 1947, the story centers on Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. We follow Faraday as he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, the house where his mother once worked.
The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, but it is now in decline and its inhabitants. Mother (Charlotte Rampling), son, Roderick Ayres (Will Poulter), and daughter, Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson), are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.REVIEWS
Faraday: [voice over] The first time I saw Hundreds Hall was July 1919. Nothing could have prepared me for the spell it cast. When I saw the house again thirty years later, I could hardly comprehend the change in the place.
Faraday: Why don’t you tell me what’s going on?
Roderick Ayres: You wouldn’t believe me.
Caroline Ayres: Mother, this is Dr. Faraday.
Mrs. Ayres: How did you find the patient?
Faraday: A little under the weather. It’s war shock.
[as she’s about to dance with Faraday]
Caroline Ayres: I suddenly feel nervous.
Faraday: A long time ago there was a child here.
Caroline Ayres: Susan died before I was born.
Roderick Ayres: There’s something evil in this house.
Faraday: That’s nonsense.
Caroline Ayres: Betty, what are you doing here?
Betty: You rang for me, miss.
Caroline Ayres: I did not.
Betty: It was this bell that rang.
Caroline Ayres: It rang itself, did it?
[referring to the servant bells in the kitchen ringing]
Mrs. Ayres: What is all the noise?
Faraday: Your mind is playing tricks. Susan is a memory. It can all be explained.
Mrs. Ayres: How innocent you are.
Faraday: This delusion seems almost contagious.
Faraday: Someone’s playing games.
Man: There’s generally women at the root of this stuff.
Caroline Ayres: There’s something in this house that hates us.
Mrs. Ayres: You do not belong here.
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