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Ghost Canyon

'The Attic'
(Elizabeth Moss, John Savage, Catherine Stewart, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2007 / Allumniation Filmworks)

Overview: About a month after Emma Callan (Elisabeth Moss) and her family move into their seemingly picture-perfect Victorian home, Emma starts to have ghastly visions of a girl who appears to be her twin but is pure evil. Since no one else has seen this doppelganger, Emma is faced with two terrifying prospects: Either she s going insane or she s actually being haunted by a malevolent spirit determined to destroy anyone who dares delve into the dark mysteries of The Attic. Co-starring John Savage and Catherine Mary Stewart, this riveting film from the director of Pet Sematary will fire up your most intense fears while it makes your blood run cold!

DVD Verdict: Emma has a strong aversion towards her family’s new house, especially the attic. After moving in, she becomes miserable and reclusive. The rest of her family also seems unhappy and unsettled. The situation escalates one day when Emma is in the attic alone. All of a sudden someone who looks like Emma’s identical twin sister attacks her viciously. Emma is convinced that someone or something is haunting her, and she refuses to leave her house until she can piece the puzzle together.

Eventually, Emma suspects her parents of hiding skeletons in the closet from the family’s past and practicing evil wicca rituals. As the clues pile up, she discovers that she did once have a sister named Beth, who died twelve days after Emma was born. Emma realizes that this identical twin apparition may actually be Beth returning to life.

Director Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary) infuses this rather standard story about a young woman haunted by her dead twin with a heavy dose of “J-horror” attitude. Supplementing the Japanese influences are visual and audio techniques made famous by David Lynch in his early works. So what in The Attic is original? Not much, but Lambert knows how to sustain a creepy atmosphere, and the cast — including John Savage, Catherine Mary Stewart and Hal Hartley regular Thomas Jay Ryan — pulls off the familiar story line with aplomb. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Optional Spanish Subtitles