I was very happy to see that Nick Murphy’s latest was set to play at the London Film Festival this year as this new ghost story from the writer Stephen Volk looks like a solid antidote to the malaise which the likes of Scream and Saw have introduced to the horror genre of late.
At first glance The Awakening looks to sit alongside Hammer’s forthcoming adaptation of The Woman in Black as a return to what synopses refer to as ‘classic’ ghost stories. One of the few real measures of a ghost story is how effective it is in telling its story and, at the same time, frightening the face off of the audience. I have high hopes for this one.
Murphy was fortunate indeed to have Rebecca Hall and Dominic West sign up for his film as they have done some fantastic work of late and will hopefully draw a wider audience to this ghost story.
The BFI have the film listed on the London Film Festival site where you can read more and book your tickets, and the film gets its release on the 11th of November.
Here are the pictures,