Review: THE OTHERS

Bottom Line: American horror film from Spanish director is like The Sixth Sense in reverse.

Grace: “Where’s my daughter?  What have you done with my daughter?”
Anne: “Are you mad?  I am your daughter!”
Featuring Nicole Kidman as the lead character, THE OTHERS is an eerie, suspenseful, creepy blend of horror and period drama. This isn’t a typical “haunted house movie” or “ghost story” either, and there is absolutely nothing corny about it. Kidman, of all cast members, delivers a fantastic performance (as usual). The film tells the haunting tale of a woman who returns to her mansion, after her husband begins to fight in World War II, with her two young children, who are highly sensitive to light stronger than that given off by a candle, and an elderly woman serving as a nanny. The terror begins when her two children begin claiming to see “ghosts”, which at first she does not believe, but is eventually forced to, when she sees no coincidence between her children’s tellings and the evidence of intruders in the house. If there’s one horror movie that should have been won the awards for (at least) Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing at the Academy Awards, THE OTHERS is that film. It creates enough suspense and terror to keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole, entire feature. It is a definite must-see.
Grace: “LEAVE US IN PEACE!”
GRADE: A

NOTE: Not to be confused with THE OTHER (1972).

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