Not that what’s here is bad, it’s just this story has been done so many times and there really isn’t much of a spin put on it. The characters were well written, the actors played each one beautifully (especially Chastain), and the story is full of everything that the genre is known for (and by ‘genre,’ btw, I’m not talking about modern horror films, I’m talking about classic horror literature – which is just a darker spin-off of romantic literature), and the set design and costume design and effects are all wonderfully done. All the pieces add up nicely… it just gets a little boring because I’ve seen it all before.
So, if you can enjoy a film where you’re watching things play out for the sake of the journey rather than the conclusion or the twists involved, then I think you’ll enjoy this. There truly is so much to savor and relish.
But, if the idea of sitting through something where you know where it’s going, what lines are coming, etc. every single step of the way, then… well, you may be disappointed.
Anyway, it’s slow-paced, it’s not scary (and it’s not meant to be), and basically it’s a period drama thriller with some random supernatural elements. It’s Rebecca with a tad bit of Flowers in the Attic, and it’s definitely not The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, Legend of Hell House, etc.
Anyway, worth a watch, but not something everyone’s gonna love or appreciate.
4 out of 5