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The Awakening [Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A famed author and noted skeptic attempts to debunk a haunting at a prestigious London prep school, and encounters a supernatural force that seems beyond human comprehension in director Nick Murphy's creepy gothic chiller. England, 1921: As the high cost of war takes a heavy toll on the national psyche, many people turn to spiritualism and the supernatural for reassurance that something better awaits us in the beyond. But Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) isn't buying it. A noted academic, Florence favors logic over fantasy, and she's built her career on proving that ghosts don't exist. Meanwhile, at Rockwood Boarding School, the recent death of a young boy has parents uneasy, and students convinced that the boy still wanders their hallowed halls in spectral form. Summoned to Rockwood by Headmaster Robert Mallory (Dominic West), Florence becomes more determined than ever before to reveal the haunting as a hoax. But when the staunch cynic fails to find a rational explanation for the eerie occurrences around the school, her steely resolve is soon overpowered by sheer terror.
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  • Credits
    Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Shaun Dooley, Joseph Mawle
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's set above the spooker norm by its strong visuals, grief-steeped period setting and lingering ambiguity."
    Total Film

    "Murphy's film gets good mileage from its frisson-friendly dark pon in the grounds....Teasing echoes of THE SHINING abound..."
    Sight and Sound

    "The film benefits enormously from having the luminous Rebecca Hall as its lead. It also gains an ominous gravity from the haunted, wounded and wobbly England in which it's set."
    Wall Street Journal

    "Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death." -- Grade: B-
    Entertainment Weekly

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