In this film Alice Evans (Brittany Murphy) is a troubled writer who escapes to a secluded house to write her next book while recovering from her nervous breakdown. It doesn’t take long for the house to start displaying the standard haunted house characteristics like the bathtub that likes to fill itself with water. Personally I wouldn’t mind my bath being filled for me one bit.
At first Alice seems to think it may be something other than supernatural. The possible suspects are soon set up; rich owner of said house who’s wanted to jump her bones for the past year, apparently; the violent ex-boyfriend who’s been released from prison that very night! She finds some old camcorder tapes and watches them to find footage of a young couple, where the husband is clearly a little unhinged and records everything. The footage seems to mirror her own life but Alice’s mental state deteriorates further and you are left wondering how much of what we see is merely in her head.
All the typical characters are here including the friend, Rebecca who is there to feign concern when we the viewer forget to. I spent first 10 minutes of the film expecting them to snog at any moment. Well, one can dream. Then I realise they are actually supposed to be girlfriends. Still no snogging though. Maybe that’s why it went straight to DVD. Just saying.
The performances were pretty good although Thora Birch’s makeup when she appears as the ghost with a cracked white face is bloody unforgivable. There were many similarities between this and The Shining unbelievably, but not in a good way. Mainly just with the secluded haunted house theme and visions of the past but when Alice walks in to the room with her laptop and sees the words “HE WON’T LET ME LEAVE. HE WON’T LET ME LEAVE” repeated 100 times on the screen, I did have to laugh. This was a very predictable film with a story line you could’ve had a good guess at 20 minutes in. If you need a good laugh though, go ahead.