Flight Lieutenant Jugg (Twilight's Robert Pattinson), confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in action, arrives at a remote mansion in Wales to recuperate. Suffering from terrible nightmares and visions, he suspects ... more »the methods of his psychiatrist, Dr. Hal Burns (Julian Sands). His beautiful aunt, Julia (Rachael Stirling) seems to be the only person he can trust ? until circumstances make him doubt even her intentions. Based on the novel ?The Haunting of Toby Jugg? by Dennis Wheatley.« less
This movie was awful I am a big robert Pattinson fan even he could not save this movie. Do not waste your points on this movie.
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Kasie B. from ST STEPHNS CH, VA Reviewed on 1/4/2010...
This was the worst movie I have ever seen. It seemed to have generally no plot other than maybe he's crazy or maybe it's the shrink. And it never really gets resolved... you're just left wondering and trying to figure out what was the point and why you just wasted 70 minutes of your time on it. Even if you are watching this simply because it has Robert Pattinson in it, it is not worth it. Even he offers no redemption for this movie.
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A descent into madness
Compusurge | New York City | 07/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A tour de force for Pattinson as he takes center-stage in a film that has him playing a very different role that he did in Twilight for sure. A seriously wounded airman, Jugg (Pattinson) is sent to recuperate at a secluded mansion and instead finds himself a victim... a victim of nightmares and visions. The complex conspiracy that comes to light is fueled by those around him, those he ought to trust.
Pattinson fans will thoroughly enjoy this film. Based on the novel 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg", the BBC production is well crafted and, like classic horror films, shows a slow descent into madness for the lead character. If you're a fan of Pattinson, this is a must see as he IS this film from start to finish!
Pattinson's finest show yet.
trekker-girl | SC | 08/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is probably rpattz's finest performance i've seen yet. he so emboded the character of toby jugg perfectly. i thought his acting was superb. if you've never watched a pattinson movie and want to, start with this one. it is much better than twilight (though i do love twilight!) and will most likely be a good first taste of him. and his british accent is the bomb! my only issue is the rating. in my opinion it is a pg-13 rating and not R. i have seen worse movies with a lower rating than R. give this movie a chance! i loved it!"
Mary | Arizona | 10/21/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure that most of the renewed interest in this film is because it stars Robert Pattinson. If that's your motivation you won't be disappointed with his performance specifically. He was brooding, handsome, and believable in the title role.
That being said, this movie doesn't have a lot to offer otherwise. At the end of the movie I felt like I had missed something important. Maybe I'd have to read the book to fully understand what was going on, but this movie didn't give me a lot of incentive to want to do that either. Throughout the entire story it was hard to see the motivation behind the characters actions. I don't believe it was that the actors failed to effectively portray the story, I think that the script (or maybe the book itself?) was fundamentally flawed somehow. There just wasn't enough backstory to understand how the characters became the way they are emotionally. Additionally, the movie did a very poor job explaining how the characters' relationships with each other came to be, instead expecting the audience to just accept those relationships as a given. Without the proper development between the characters, it was very hard to care about what happened to them.
The music was also terrible. It had that cheesy, old, horror movie vibe and didn't add to the movie overall. "
Atmospheric and creepy adaptation of an occult classic
z hayes | TX | 10/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Haunted Airman" sees Twilight's Robert Pattinson flex his acting muscles in a demanding role. The story itself is based on "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" (1948) by Dennis Wheatley, an author famous for his thrillers and occult novels in the 50s and 60s (notably "The Devil Rides Out" which was also made into a movie by Hammer Studios). I read the original story and loved it, and that is why I picked it up (not because of RP's role in it though I must say I was impressed by his performance). By the way, this is a BBC production.
The story centers around Lt. Toby Jugg (Rob Pattinson) who is hurt in action during WW II and becomes confined in a wheelchair. He is taken by his aunt Julia (Rachael Stirling) to recuperate at the remote country clinic of Dr Hal Burns (Julian Sands who last impressed me in Boxing Helena). Soon enough, Toby realizes strange things are afoot as he begins to experience strange visions of spiders and other curious goings-on.
This plays out more as a psychological suspense drama than a true horror story. Those who have read the original source material will find some elements missing such as the theme of Satanism which was prevalent in the written material. Rob Pattinson as well as the other main characters are credible in their respective roles, but Pattinson's role is a far cry from Edward in Twilight. In fact, I actually think he showcases his real acting talent here, but that's just my opinion. The running time, at about 70 mins, is quite short, and there are no extras on the DVD, just a trailer of the feature. The picture quality can be a bit grainy, which I assume is intentional,to add on to the atmosphere. The movie, though short, can be a bit plodding at times, but this is a movie that portrays the emotional and psychological troubles of a young man, so the slow-paced storyline is actually appropriate here. On the whole, I liked the movie as it's high on atmosphere and psychological suspense. "
Too short and too shallow
Alexander M. Walker | Chicago, IL USA | 10/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Pattinson finds himself facing the same mountain that Daniel Radcliffe has begun to successfully scale: living down the pop-culture mantle cast upon him. Unlike Radcliffe however, Pattinson has wisely chosen to start the process with all due haste so as not to be forever known as "that Twilight vampire guy". However, before Twilight was even a twinkle on his horizon, he made The Haunted Airman, a made-for-television movie first aired in the UK in 2006 and canned until this 2009 release when the American audience will get another taste of pre-Twilight Pattinson. Unfortunately, there's a strong parallel between the two roles. It may help show that he can do more than brood and talk wistfully about a romance he can't let himself have (although there is an element of that here as well) but there's still one distracting drawback: he still looks like a vampire. So much so that it outshines an unfortunately dim narrative which never fully establishes itself because of its stunted 70 minute run-time. You can see the plans for a good feature-length story, but the whole thing just peters out instead of climbing to the fully deserved dramatic climax. What a shame. Consequently it does little to help convince non-Pattinson fans of his range (which does exist).
Grounded flight lieutenant Toby Jugg (Pattinson) has taken psychological refuge in the care of Dr. Hal Burns (Julian Sands) who proposes a unique style of treatment (for all his patients) to get people back on their feet. As Burns treats Jugg and forces him to confront facets of his fears, he also denies his patient communication which begins to make Jugg doubt the good doctor's intentions. The object of Toby's written affections, Julia (Rachael Stirling), seems to mirror his sentiments but her compliance with Burns' doctrine causes the patient a growing sense of unease. Eventually Toby begins to doubt his senses and eventually begins to wonder if the things he sees are real or hallucinations of his mania.
The familiar thriller skeleton was reanimated in the time of a world war to give the well-worn material a new spin - but it still feels all too old. The parts of The Haunted Airman that seem worthwhile in their own right never receive the development they deserve. Instead, it spends all its time rehashing the very generic story and consequently becomes just another lazy psychological playground. There was ample opportunity to tie Toby's delusions into the unique time period setting and explore it fully from that angle, but it just never happens. Writers Chris Durlacher and Dennis Wheatley taunt us with the story they could have told and then just yank it away with no remorse.
As was said before, what really makes the film significant is the performances within and whether or not they distract from Pattinson's pop-culture rampant appearance in the Twilight series - even retroactively. For most, this will be the second film they see Pattinson star in, making Twilight their frame of reference for the actor's abilities. Pattinson's Toby Jugg easily has more depth than the brooding and terse vampire Edward, but thanks to the makeup effects and the black and white sequences in the film we're reminded all too readily of the bloodless cheeks he sports in the other franchise. At least Radcliffe didn't go on to play a young magician or facially scarred youth in his first non-Potter features, he at least had some sense of the distance he needed to place between his fame and his long-term career. The film's rerelease almost four years later for mass consumption does little to bolster his credibility. His performance may be stronger but it screams an unfortunate theme of dull characters. Even Little Ashes, in which he portrayed Salvador Dali, offered little variation in his distant and aloof style which has pervaded both Toby and Edward.
Then we have Julian Sands, an actor it's nigh impossible to say anything good about without adopting the same tongue in cheek attitude you think he's using for all of his parts - even though he's not. That's just how he acts. His smarmy overacting affects every scene and after awhile you either learn to laugh along with his performance or it just bugs you. The former is recommended for The Haunted Airman, or the 70 minutes will feel like forever.
Visually the film has a very interesting aesthetic. On one hand the black and white treatment wanders too close to the Twilight feel forbidding anyone to forget Pattinson's franchise role, but outside of that influence the film's aesthetic has definite appeal. Ultimately, the direction of Chris Durlacher (known for a string of made-for-television movies just like this one) lacks any real subtlety and as a result the hokey spider and spider-web visuals feel childish instead of creepy.
DVD Bonus Features:
You would like to think that they'd try to supplement a too-short film with some sort of padding (an interview or even a production piece) but it seems that's just not the case."