The premise is intriguing, and you can tell it tried it's darn hardest to be a successful supernatural, suspense drama/thriller, but this film just could not weave together these elements well enough to tell a captivating story. The actors were great, but the writing and character development was lacking. The cinematography and grand setting was beautiful, but was not accompanied by a well written story. The first act had promise, the second was questionable and then the final third just fell flat on its face. By not layering successful elements of supernatural horror in a consistent method, the final act's horror reveal, which should have been thrilling, just look plain weird. I was really looking forward to this movie, but it failed to deliver a decent film despite having all the right ingredients.
I had high hopes with the one after seeing the preview.
The Flitting shadows that disappear had me intrigued.
But no, it was not to be.
There was a whole lot of movie, but really a whole lot of not much.
When I rate horror movies I usually give a little leeway as there are so many bad horrors out there.
Slowly but surely though there are so many horror movies entering the realm that are just nothing.
P.S. Uma does a really annoying job at pretending to be a person pretending to be french.
The outcast troubled teenager Katherine "Kit" Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb) is invited to study in Blackwood and her mother and stepfather drive her to the old and isolated manor. She is welcomed by the headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) with four other colleagues and forced to develop their talents in mathematics and arts. Soon Kit realizes that supernatural forces are possessing them and increasing their talents.
"Down a Dark Hall" is an almost good film with a promising and intriguing beginning. The storyline is good, but the screenplay is flawed after the confused ball in the manor. The performances are not bad, but Uma Thurman has a weird accent and AnnaSophia Robb does not convince as a seventeen year-old teenager despite the good acting. The cinematography is too dark and difficult to see. It is a pity since very few improvements would be necessary to make a great film. My vote is six.Title (Brazil): Not Available
I read this book a long time ago and I still have the original paperback version. The book is amazing and scares you in subtle ways, whereas the movie wastes too much time with the antagonism between characters and very little on what the story is supposed to be about. They changed the movie so much that it is unrecognizable from the book, and the casting is way off. I've waited years for a decent movie version of this book and alas, it seems I'm going to have to keep waiting. My advice? Skip the movie, read the book. You won't be sorry.
Boring incomprehensible plot that utterly fails to keep the promise of the beginning. Bad!
I just watched it yesterday, with no big expectations, and it truly surprised me. It's way more elegant and classy than I expected, well-performed and beautifully shot. The music is unbelievable, the piano scenes and the way they're shot shocked me and moved me. If this is a teen movie, then it must the best and classiest teen movie in a long, long time.
Now its official, Rodrigo Cortés can't give a proper ending to a movie. The main problem with Down a Dark Hall is that it is not as bad as you expected it was going to be (again, marketing departments should make a better effort with their trailers). The first hour works fine, the suspense is well built and there are a few atmospheric scenes and decent scares. But my main issues comes with the last act, to be fair it is not a complete disaster... but almost, movie is mainly saved by a superb AnnaSophia Robb, she steals the show.I wont get into spoilers but from the ballroom scene the movie turns into a ridiculous mess, rushed to an unsatisfying cliché ending. But also some wrong script choices, a few cheesy dialogue lines and the usual, painfully bad, cheap, EVIDENT CGI. Plus the poor locations, the forced all-American style (art direction is weak), the ridiculous villain(s) and an overacted Uma Thurman (with a weird look and a silly accent) doesn't help either.
Just finished watching this and to be honest, I couldn't wait for it to end. This movie just shows you can have a great cast, decent score, and a great setting but still fall by the wayside. It's not terrible, just meh. It gave off vibes of "The Orphanage" (2007) but it is nowhere near the class of that movie.
I've learnt not to listen to the bad reviews on here, it's best just to watch a movie and decide yourself if you enjoyed it or not.
Had high hopes of this considering the cast list but within the first half hour this diminished.Sluggish storyline with inevitable ending.Must try better would be my score as this is the lowest thus far I have rated a film and can't give it any real credit except for the setting but thats really it.
Start out ok, but then falls apart. Fake accents and a terrible plot line. Gets worse and worse. Don't waste your time. Couldn't wait for it to be over.