This movie was fascinating to me. Now, as a rule, I never research a movie before I’ve seen it. I’ll watch a trailer to get the general idea, but researching before hand takes away the entire experience. If I had researched this movie before watching, I’m sure it would not be near as fascinating.
It is set in London, 1921, after WWI. Florence Cathcart, renowned author and ghost hunter, is invited to a boarding school for boys to help solve the mystery of a haunting. She is met by Maud Hill, the school matron, and none other than Professor Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. As soon as I saw her, I knew that she was the one to watch out for. Florence, the only ghost hunter that doesn’t actually believe in ghosts, soon realizes that what she considered a school boy’s prank is actually a real haunting. Not only that, but the boarding school was once her childhood home.
With that sudden twist you soon come to realize that Florence had been suppressing her memories after seeing her father brutally murder her mother and brother before taking his own life. During her flash back, the ghost is actually her brother, Tom, and Maud was their wet-nurse.
Maud reveals that she was the one that brought Florence back to her childhood home so that she could reunite the family again and live together forever. Which means, Maud tries to kill Florence. The weird part is, by the end of the movie you are unsure whether Florence is dead or not. In an interview, Director Nick Murphy says that they intentionally left the ending vague. They want the audience to experience the same confusion that Florence felt in the film.
This film is not really a horror but a mystery film. For people who enjoy bitter-sweet endings and tearful family reunions, this is the “horror flick” for you. Any one looking for something terrifying with maybe an exorcism or crazy contortions, this movie is not it. I did enjoy it. Will I watch it again? Probably not.