Second Trailer and New Poster for Supernatural Thriller The Awakening
06.30.12 by Ryan
Britain loves its ghosts, and we're not just talking about the Harry Potter movies (though, now that we mention it, Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Potter movie was February's supernatural horror movie The Woman in Black). The latest British movie about things that go bump in the night is The Awakening, which already opened in the U.K. last year, and would have likely reached these shores if weren't for a few similarities between the two.
Like Woman, The Awakening is set in early 20th Century England, though, unlike Radcliffe's lawyer character, Rebecca Hall (The Town) plays an author whose career is devoted to dispelling reported hauntings. When she is invited to investigate an all-boys boarding school where a student has died (three little girls mysteriously perished in the town Radcliffe visited in Woman), she finds it difficult to disprove reports that the boy's spirit has remained. The Awakening's similarities to other horror movies about ghosts wasn't ignored by critics that saw the movie overseas or at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall with The Playlist review claiming that "despite the well-worn subject matter, and setting, it feels fresh," while the Collider review said that director Nick Murphy had created a "a gorgeous picture that delivers the thrills." With a new trailer and poster now online, you can see for yourself whether The Awakening is yet another ghost story or an inspired retread.
Here's the official synopsis for The Awakening.
Set in London in 1919, Florence Cathcart (Hall), author of the popular book "Seeing Through Ghosts," has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.
The Awakening was co-written by Murphy and Stephen Volk (Pulse) and co-stars Imelda Staunton.