The Little Stranger
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Based on the Sarah Waters novel of the same name, director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) tries his hand at some good ol’ fashioned gothic horror with The Little Stranger. During the summer of 1948, Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) is called to treat a patient at a Hundreds Hall, a declining country estate he remembers from his childhood. The Ayres family has owned the manor for generations, but now it appears to be crumbling around Mrs. Ayres (Charlotte Rampling) and her children Catherine (Ruth Wilson) and Roderick (Will Poulter). Oh, and the family might also be haunted by something more menacing than the memories of their family’s former glory. As the mysteries of their past continue to invade their present, will Faraday find a reasonable explanation for what torments the Ayres?
- Domhnall Gleeson
- Will Poulter
- Ruth Wilson
- Liv Hill
- Charlotte Rampling
- Oliver Zetterström
- Kathryn O'Reilly
- Eddie Toll
- Camilla Arfwedson
- Tipper Seifert-Cleveland
Did You Know?
- This is the second collaboration between Domhnall Gleeson and Lenny Abrahamson; the first was Frank (2014).
- It's meant to be Christmas and yet when Faraday and Caroline take a walk in the grounds to see the site for the new houses the trees in the background are in full leaf.
- Faraday: What this house needs is a big dose of happiness.
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Similar in style to The Turn of the Screw.
Great movie, slow moving
The Little Stranger has all the disquieting atmosphere of a total void, and like a total void, not a lot happens in it. You might get sucked into the cold, but you’ll grow bored quickly.
While the film doesn’t quite work as a horror, and can stumble as a character piece, Abrahamson has pulled together a sumptuous production which is more than sufficient to keep viewers engaged throughout.
Gleeson plays the role with the kind of full-bore commitment (every supercilious gesture precise and intelligently thought through) that makes you wish the movie better complemented his efforts.