Plot: It's Lucie's first day as a trainee in-house caregiver -she visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucie and her friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel's treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events...
The heroes: Three geniuses robbing the house during Halloween.
The antagonists: Old woman harboring the secret and vampire ballerinas.
What makes it so great? The film is beautiful - the cinematography is just gorgeous and the themes throughout the film are very impressive for a typical break-in-to-the-haunted-house horror movie- there is a lot of tragedy when it comes to film's antagonists and it's not really easy to assign them with being evil, they are more disturbed, bitter and hurt. The character of Lucie is not the best, but she is likable enough for us to root for her. The film has a lot of nods and references to other films in horror genre and for me was a mix of Dario Argento and "The Orphanage". Also I loved very poetic and tragic ending.
Best scene: The flashback scenes.
Oh-oh something's not right line: "It's a corpse".
Scare factor: - 3/5 evil pumpkins - jump scares and creepy moments, most of the horror in the movie lies in the way scary house was shown - it is seriously freaky and it's filled with things Buffalo Bill probably collected in his basement..
Gore factor: - 3/5 bloody Leatherfaces - There are many creepy moments including one of the things I always find very disturbing - sewing the eyelids together.
Is there a twist? Yes.
Hint: Don't let the calm beginning fool you.
Unsuitable for: Girls who are learning ballet with private tutor and caregivers. Also people who enjoy riding their bikes in secluded areas.
Repercussions: Fear of your ballet teacher. Fear of scissors. Fear of music boxes.