Post by FeelsLikeKellyCrabtree on Mar 26, 2008 8:05:48 GMT
I can't wait to see this. Sadly, none of the major cinemas in Manchester have decided to show it so I'm having to rely on some overpriced arthousey type of affair. I might go next week. What I'm looking forward to the most is that due to it being subtitled the chances of a group of chavs going to see and distracting me from my viewing pleasure is very slim.
Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner, and roots as dark as her soul!
FeelsLikeHarrietJones, its on at the Cornerhouse all this week and next at 6.25pm and tickets are £5.70 or £4 with a student card, which is cheaper than the Filmworks at least!
Im off to see it on Monday, I'm really quite excited, I love a good creepy film although my tolerance is fairly low, I had to sleep with the light on after watching Blair Witch even though it wasn't that creepy (except the bit in the cellar) and I knew it was all faked anyway!
Post by FeelsLikeKellyCrabtree on Apr 3, 2008 19:45:16 GMT
I went to see this last night. It's probably the best film I've seen for years. So tense and genuinely frightening. It was the first time I've ever been in a cinema and heard people actually scream with fright. The part where she reaches for the whistle (you know what I mean) made me jump so much I said "fucking hell' out loud, to which a woman sat infront of me turned around and tutted. Bitch.
The end actually had me with tears in my eyes. Such a good, but also sad, twist. It was so beautifully written, acted and directed. I honestly cannot heap enough praise on it. It's made me want to rewatch Pan's Labyrinth again.
I hear Hollywood is planning on remaking it, presumably so people too lazy and illiterate to watch a film with subtitles can sit through working their way through an extra large box of popcorn. No doubt it will have all the intelligence and emotion ripped out of it.
Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner, and roots as dark as her soul!
I gasped, then screamed at the whistle bit and then went UH! UH! HER JAW! UH! FUCK! or something along those lines, really loudly. I couldn't control it. I'm the reason people avoid the intimacy of small cinemas.
I did really like it though, great twist and I love just listening to Spanish, it's such a beautiful language when you have no idea what it means.
Although I don't really understand how that 'social worker' got that folder.
Post by somethingbiblical on Apr 3, 2008 23:33:46 GMT
I love subtitles, how in the subtitles she could be saying something like "these children and very special and need a lot of care", but what she's actually saying is "Mucho mucho mucho mucho mucho mucho mucho"
Finally managed to see this yesterday, and I already want to go and see it again.
One of the best ghost stories I have ever seen - better than the Devil's Backbone, in my opinion. It was just so damn creepy - loved how the pace of the film was verrrry, verrrrry slow, so when the two big jumps came in they are very effective.
The story was just brilliantly put together as well, so when the ending unravelled you felt surprised, satisfied and wowed (and also very sad).
My favourite scene was the 1, 2, 3, knock on the door game near the end of the film. This film links events very, very well, but what I loved about this scene was how it teased with the audience as to whether we would see the ghosts or not, and then they slowly appear. It was terrifying each time she turned around. There's just something about children in scary films which makes them even more disturbing.
It was fantastic. My legs did a Kenny Everett during one of the scary moments, so startled was I. And the scene with the ambulance was just Eeeeek.
Simon was so cute, and even though I knew that Geraldine Chaplin was in it, when she turned up I was surprised. The seance scene was done fantastically, even I was expecting Yvette Fielding to turn up at some point.
Post by Robbing the Dead on Apr 7, 2008 21:10:12 GMT
I am making use of my new Orange SIM card and seeing this on Wednesday, and after reading all the above comments I am very excited. I don't know why, I really don't like things that make me jump. I have a phobia of balloons for that reason.
Post by Robbing the Dead on Apr 10, 2008 17:25:11 GMT
Oh my god! So good. I don't like jumpy bits in films so it was a real trial to watch, I had my hand over my eyes peering through a crack in my figures for most of it. It was very scary and creepy without being gruesome... apart from the jaw...
The bit that got the loudest scream from the audience actually was when
Treacle - I am with you on the 'social worker' and the folder, that bit never seemed to get explained.
Although I figured out much of what was going on by then end - the dead children, her ending up in Tomas' house etc, I still found the boy's body bit shocking - had she found it when she first got in there as I expected it would have been less effective.
It was very good though. The jaw was just... yuk. The ambulance hitting the old lady was probably the bit that made the folk of Sheffield jump the most.
EDIT: It all felt a bit eerily topical with Maddie/Shannon abduction type stories and with the whole Jersey children's home thing, too.
She worked at an orphanage, so might have access to adoption records and stuff, like she had Laura's record at the beginning. Laura said the information was old, as well. At the end of the day, does it really matter? She killed a load of kids and hid the bodies for 30-odd years, I'm sure we can just assume she was resourceful enough to get the records somehow.
I think parts of it made no sense, as people have mentioned. I suppose at the end of the day no horror/supernatural thriller ever really makes sense. But it was still really good and I got free minstrels so am therefore not complaining!
who pushed Laura into the bath - Simon with a mask on or Tomas? That would have to be Simon with a mask, wouldn't it? He then runs off and she accidentally locks him in the basement. Not that it matters much.
I can't wait to see this again in a full cinema. Surely the female lead was cast for her eyes - beautiful.
One unintentionally hilarious bit for me was Laura ripping off the mask of an adult man and saying "Simon?"
I thought it was Simon pretending to be him, like imitating the breathing as well.... I don't know. I thought when Laura found him he was wearing the clothes as well as the mask, I can't remember. Although, the police said that no one saw the child in the mask and we saw it outside, so if it had been Simon, other people would have seen him too.
I don't like the idea of a Hollywood remake, because apart from the language it already looks Hollywood. Also wasn't this film made by the Spanish division of Warner Brothers? I get why they remake Japanese films like The Ring, they look very different and are less accessible perhaps to a larger audience.
Is it just me or does that weird police woman from Hollyoaks look like Tomas?
I think it was meant to be the son who had found Tomas's clothes in his little basement, and he was getting his own back for her slapping him by throwing her in a bath. I'm not sure how they explain her seeing him in the cave by the beach, though, since he wouldn't have been dead by that point so it wouldn't be a ghost, or would it?
I didn't even think about it being anyone other than Tomas until I read the imdb boards and people were talking about it possibly being Simon. And that does seem to make a lot of sense. They put so much emphasis in the film of "believing" to truly see what is going on/the ghosts - the whole sceance scene being testament to that - and it doesn't seem right that she saw Tomas at that moment in time, when she still firmly believed they were troublesome imaginary friends.
I think Simon was angry she refused to go and see Tomas' house with him, and then she hit him, and dressed up in Tomas' clothes he had found to show his devotion to his new friend and to spite his mother.
The figure in the cave was probably just an hysterical hallucination because she wanted to see Simon and believe he had gone to the cave and was alive. I think.
The great thing about this film is you can discuss it for hours, and never get the better of it!