During the long hot summer of 1947 Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. Hundreds Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, but it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.
Really not very good
- The Little Stranger review by RB
Assuming that you rented this film because you were completely swept away by the book - prepare yourself for a major disappointment. There is none of the long, slow, agonising build-up of tension here that the book creates and which the story demands. Major incidents are either missed out completely or skimped horribly, even though the film is practically perfectly cast - you sit there thinking what a good film it might have been had a better scriptwriter been employed on the project. It looks wonderful too - the gloomy, slowly rotting Hundreds Hall is visually perfect. But the script is pedestrian at best and dire at worst. A major disappointment.
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Haunted House Drama Set in Warwichaire based on Sarah Waters Novel
- The Little Stranger review by PV
I really enjoyed this film (except the fizzled out ending - no spoilers) and have always liked ghost stories like this.
One major criticism is the main character using the word 'snuck' as the past of 'sneak'. That is a recent American import - the last 20-30 years - and would NOT have been used in the late 1940s, in provincial England. 'Sneaked' is what the character should have said. I do wish authors/screenwriters would be more careful to get language right and correct!
But this is a really enjoyable haunted house ghost story overall - with added tension of madness and murder, the first world war and the decline of the aristocracy and landed gentry.
So 4 stars. But oh what a shame about that ending!
This film is set in an atmospheric mansion and the acting is good, although the whole period stiff upper lip, dont say what you think bit is tiresome. In fact the whole film is a bit of a plodding bore. It’s labeled a thriller, but there are no thrills and the surprise ending is a yawn.