In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: "The Awakening", the directorial debut (from what I gather) of director/writer Nick Murphy, may not be as unpleasant or frustrating a watch as most mainstream horrors, e.g. "Paranormal Activity" "Insidious", etc. mostly down to its haunting soundtrack, half-decent cinematography and acting (although John Shrapnel is taken out far too early) and…actually, that’s about it, everything else is terrible. When it’s not ripping scenes straight from other films (the shot-for-shot copy of the ball on the stairs scene from "The Changeling" has to be seen to be believed) it’s creating throwaway characters or completely non-nonsensical plot points which are rarely explained and when they are, you just want to punch the director. Simply just making a film that’s supposedly celebrating the horror days of old isn’t good enough anymore, especially when it’s done as badly as this.