The expertly crafted 2007 haunted-house movie THE ABANDONED puts an original sheen on the well-worn tradition of the haunted house flick. Shot in Bulgaria but set in Russia the movie centres around Marie (Anastasia Hille) an American born in Russia and abandoned as an infant. Marie returns to Russia 40 years later to visit the family estate with her brother Nicolai (Karl Roden) who was also abandoned but raised in Russia. Together they explore the old homestead in the hopes of rediscovering their pasts and unearthing the truth about the family they never knew. Like any haunted-house movie worth its salt THE ABANDONED is all about the psychic residue left in the house following a tragedy. In this case the spirit of Marie and Karls father has summoned them back to the family home in order to finish the foiled infanticide he was attempting decades ago. BR The manifestations of the past--i.e. the things that go bump in the night--are terrifying. Director Nacho Cerdas cinematic frights come at the least expected moments and in unique forms and his unflinching shots of Marie and Karls decaying yet persistent doppelgangers offer some of the most chilling images in the movie. Ultimately THE ABANDONED works because it takes the viewer by surprise on so many levels. Thrills and chills abound but they are delivered in unexpected ways. While the premise isnt entirely original and the script isnt completely free of holes it is expertly made from a purely filmic standpoint and there is something unavoidably chilling about the idea of never escaping ones past particularly when the past is as horrific as the one depicted in THE ABANDONED.
Release Date: 19 May 2008
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English
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