Halloween is quickly approaching. I have challenged myself to watch 10 new horror movies this year.
First up is The Awakening (2011). The Awakening is a traditional ghost story. It’s contains the elements used back in the day before slasher movies exploded onto the movie screen. This English film is set in 1921 after the war. Florence Cathcart debunks paranormal frauds and works with police to expose these criminals. She has been invited to the boys’ boarding school where staff has reported seeing a child ghost. This film is a traditional ghost story. The tagline: “All the children are gone…except one” drives the film. This film satisfies horror movie aficionados and newbies who freak out over too much blood. This film was crafted in the British horror tradition.
View this movie on Netflix before Halloween ends. Rated R for horror content and running at 1 hour 42 minutes.
It won several awards including London Film Festival’s Best Newcomer for Director Nick Murphy. Mr. Murphy took home three awards at the Gérardmer Film Festival and “The Golden Raven” award at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF). Lead actress Rebecca Hall was nominated for “Best Actress” at the British Independent Film Award.