- Fertile Ground review by NP
A fairly formulaic story. A likeable couple move into an isolated country house after suffering a miscarriage, wife is sensitive to ghostly manifestations and grows tetchy when hubby doubts her. Are the manifestations real or a product of her spiralling instability?
The direction is very effective, very fluid, it is rare for the camera not to be slowly panning around events. And while the acting of the two leads is very strong (Leisha Hailey as Emily and Gale Harold as Nate – Hailey in particular provides a convincing essay on descent into total misery), this kind of story has been told many times before. It doesn’t help that the ghosts are very solid looking, and that the undead William is played by Gale Harold in a wig.
In the end, we are undecided whether or not Emily’s tragedy is to blame for her own cruel madness or whether the curse of the house has been pre-planned all along.
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