Desperate for a fix to her daughter's dissident behaviour, Kit Gordy's mother sees no other option than to send her daughter to Blackwood Boarding School, where rebellious teens are turned into straight-laced young adults. Kit (AnnaSophia Robb) is placed in a class with four other equally reluctant girls, deep in the forest and totally cut off from the outside world. There is something unnerving about the enigmatic Madame Duret (Uma Thurman), whose unconventional methods unsettle her pupils. Strange inexplicable events occur during the night, and a pupil's behaviour grows increasingly terrifying. The girls must band together to unravel the terrifying secrets at the heart of Blackwood, or risk losing their sanity completely.
Unremarkable and pointless
- Down a Dark Hall review by JRo
The film used every old stereotypical outdated trick in the book. Very dark rooms, very deep shadows, thunder and lightning and the old 'someone spookily gliding past behind everyone' trick. The whole lookout behind you cheap effect. There is no way at all that this should be classified as a 18 film because it could pass muster as a 12. All in all a very disappointing film.
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