Directed: John Fawcett
Country: UK, Germany
Language: English, Welsh
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah (Stuckey), James (Bean) and Adèle (Bello) are visited by Ebril (Stone), a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago ... and bares a startling resemblance to Sarah.
Maria Bello Arrives in Wales with teen daughter Sarah in tow to visit estranged husband Sean Bean. Relations between mother and daughter are tense, to the dismay of the father, who senses something is wrong but can’t divine what it is. Then tragedy strikes, when the duaghter disappears, apparently drowned. While Bean searches frantically for her (or for her body), Bello becomes convinced that Sarah has been abducted into the Welsh land of the dead, and that another girl, dead these fifty years, has returned in her place.
Director John Fawcett has previously given us Ginger Snaps, arguably the best werewolf movie on record. Here he demonstrates that his handling of that film was no fluke. The tone here is completely different – there is none of the satirical humour of the other film. Instead, this is full-on supernatural creepiness, and a story that works itself out with a terrible inexorability. The performances are excellent (Bello’s in particular), and the imagery is worthy of the Silent Hill video games. And yes, Fawcett pulls off his stated goal in making sheep scary. Believe it.