Disappearance at Clifton Hill

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Synopsis

Following the death of her mother, Abby, a troubled young woman with a checkered past, returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls and the dilapidated motel her family used to run. While there, she finds herself drawn once again into a mystery that has haunted her since childhood: what happened to the young boy she saw being violently abducted in the woods twenty-five years ago? As Abby sets out to find out the truth, she must confront both a shocking, long-buried conspiracy that runs as deep as the falls themselves as well as her own inner demons. Bristling with an air of surreal menace, this mood-drenched thriller is a tantalizing psychological puzzle box that unfolds in the hallucinatory realm between reality and perception.

Cast

  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Hannah Gross
  • Marie-Josée Croze
  • Eric Johnson
  • David Cronenberg
  • Andy McQueen
  • Noah Reid
  • Dan Lett
  • Aaron Poole
  • Tim Beresford

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Metacritic

60
Sep 10, 2019

But for all its vividly detailed eccentricity, the movie, like Abby, connects the dots rather too easily. As Clifton Hill digs deeper into exceedingly sordid stuff, it doesn't dish up the kind of aha moments or chilling frissons that would lift the story from clever contrivance — until a final, delicious twist pulls the rug out from under this richly atmospheric but not always convincing tale.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
88
Sep 10, 2019

Clifton Hill becomes just as thrilling and disturbing as its titular strip of haunted houses and fading-fast motels.

Metacritic review by Barry Hertz
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
67
Sep 10, 2019

This is a standard unsolved mystery drama, the type that would be quite at home on a small-screen police procedural. The setting certainly adds to its interest, but even when the boy’s fate is (seemingly) explained, it is difficult to care.

Metacritic review by Christopher Schobert
Christopher Schobert
The Film Stage