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Actors: Thora Birch, Toby Stephens, Christien Anholt, Joanna Hole, Lorraine Bruce
Director: Ray Gower
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
The story of a young woman stalked by vivid nightmares of a dark alternate reality where she is pursued by a mysterious attacker. Is she dreaming or is the nightmare real? Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 06/03/2008 Sta... more »
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Andrew C. (CouchSalad) from OLYMPIA, WA
Reviewed on 9/14/2010...
I really liked this movie! It had a surprise ending that I didn't see coming until almost the end! Definitely watch this with someone else so that you can discuss what is happening and guess what version of reality is true! Some folks may find it confusing and not like it, but I thought it well done, just not as obvious as most of hollywood's movies.
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Surreal fare that borrows from Argento and Lynch
Dancing Ganesha | Bangalore, India | 06/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film is a surreal cross of Dario Argento's "The Stendhal Syndrome" and David Lynch, with a plot akin to that of someone suffering from schizophrenia; even the scenes of Karen being accosted by strange people laughing and whispering seem to remind me of someone plagued by paranoid schizophrenia. Let me just say from the start that this film is not for everyone. It is definitely gruesome at times and quite depressing. I read somewhere that the film is about an evil man (the killer, it is presumed) who is being punished for his sins by living completely polar yet interconnected lives as his victims; however, he appears to see himself as the dark-haired Thora in the mirror. I can't say for sure whether this is even a correct interpretation -- interpret the movie as you wish, there are many different themes and interpretations that could be found. Like Argento's films, I liked this one because you can find different interpretations, meanings, and connections. This certainly is not a fun film at all though, and the subject matter isn't that worthy of recognition, if only for the fact that we perhaps all ignore our own "dark corners" at times; again, another favourite theme of Argento's, especially in films like "Tenebre" ("Unsane"). Another thing I liked was Karen's bleak and surreal world. The fashions and colour-schemes are strange; the people oppressive and almost demonic; on the other hand, the "sunny" side of the world is nightmarish in its own way that it cannot escape the darkness that eventually bleeds through."
Better than average horror cheap flick with GREAT nightmare
ophelia99 | USA | 06/17/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I sometimes have really vivid nightmares that are similar to the somber world the protagonist finds herself in when she sleeps. Those sequences come closer to the look and feel of the sort of nightmare where everything seems sort of off key and grotesque than anything I've seen except maybe parts of Jacob's Ladder. If your significant other tends towards dreams of peaceful meadows with happy bunnies (OK, I admit I'm being sarcastic), but never has nightmares, and just doesn't understand why you sometimes wake up shaking and on the edge of tears from a harmless little dream, show him this.
I noticed the director is British. I wonder if a little of that is flavored by C.S. Lewis's Great Divorce, such as the bus trip with one end in Hell."
Not quite accessible but has its moments
Sidney Williams | Louisiana | 06/06/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In one of the DVD's special features, the director notes this film is influenced by Japanese horror. That's a valuable fact to keep in mind while watching. It has that esoteric feel and pace so common in Japanese horror, though this film's resolution is slightly less accessible. Cast about for some message board discussions once you've read for some interesting theories and interpretations.
Beyond the plot, this is a visually interesting film. Color and lighting creating remarkable contrasts between the parallel story lines, each slightly surreal."