Release Date: August 17, 2012 Studio: Cohen Media Group Director: Nick Murphy Screenwriter: Nick Murphy, Stephen Volk Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel, Diana Kent, Richard Durden, Alfie Field, Tilly Vosburgh, Ian Hanmore, Cal Macaninch, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Anastasia Hille, Andrew Havill, Joseph Mawle MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Set in post-World War I England in 1921, “The Awakening” follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall, “The Town”) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.
The Awakening – starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Stauton – is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on January 29th.
They say, the boy was scared to death. When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted.
Directed by Nick Murphy, the film also stars Lucy Cohu, John Sharpnel and Diana Kent.
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There have been many decent movies about ghosts and the paranormal this year (a couple bad ones, too) but one of the big things that sets Nick Murphy’s The Awakening apart is that being set in the time period of post-WWI England allows it to examine ghosts on a different level than we’ve seen before.
It’s the theatrical film debut of director Nick Murphy whose BAFTA-winning work on British television was more likely to be seen by the PBS “Masterpiece Theater” crowd than those who like horror movies.
In the film, Rebecca Hall plays Florence Cathcart, an expert on ghosts who is called upon to investigate the mysterious occurrences at a boarding school where one boy has died and the rest are being haunted by ghosts. As Florence tries to solve the mystery, she learns there’s more to this place than she originally thought.
By now you may have already seen the 10-minute opening scene preview or our exclusive clip, but a few weeks back, Shock Till You Drop got on the phone with the British filmmaker and was surprised to learn that for the director of such a serious movie, he really has a wicked sense of humor.
It’s a rare instance when a ghost story transcends being merely a genre film, which is not to say that director Nick Murphy’s feature film debut doesn’t have all the tension and scares you may expect, but it creates a weightier setting for the horror than we normally get. The Awakening is just as much a film about the post-WWI period in which it’s set as it is about ghosts, putting it in the same general wheelhouse as movies like Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone though also possibly something we’re more likely to see on “Masterpiece Theatre” than we might at the local drive-in.
It’s 1921 and Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of “Seeing Through Ghosts” and London’s foremost expert on debunking paranormal hoaxes, attends a séance which ends abruptly as she calls the whole thing as a hoax and the police are called in to arrest those responsible. It’s somewhat worrying how much this opening mirrors the recent Red Lights, a movie that quickly went south and never recovered, but Hall’s character immediately feels like one of those classic Agatha Christie investigators ala Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, which immediately gives the film a very different feel.
Cohen Media Group has provided ShockTillYouDrop.com with an exclusive clip from Nick Murphy’s The Awakening, an eerie ghost movie starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, which opens in select cities on Friday, August 17th.
Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a paranormal investigator attempting to debunk the numerous ghost sightings throughout England, when she’s called to a boarding house where a young boy has been murdered. The school matron (Staunton) is convinced that the place is haunted and that only Cathcart can put an end to the horrors experienced by the entire staff and students.
Cohen Media Group has released the first 10 minutes of the supernatural thriller The Awakening. The film, which opens in limited release August 17th, can be previewed right here at iTunes.
Set in post-World War I England in 1921, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.
Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.
The new domestic trailer for supernatural thriller The Awakening, starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, is online and can be watched using the player after the jump!
The August 17 release is set in 1921 London, where Florence Cathcart (Hall), author of the popular book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.