You know what’s missing from the Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” TV show? A classy, pretty lady with a British accent. Nick Murphy’s period-set horror film “The Awakening” takes care of that with Rebecca Hall (“The Town”) in the lead, here exploring a haunted boys school. Our heroine is a non-believer, which means she’s in for a rude awakening when ghost boys start appearing. Lucky for her, a hunky Dominic West (“300”) is there to lend a shoulder or two. The setting and characters remind me a bit of Alejandro Amenábar’s very underrated horror flick “The Others”, minus Nicole Kidman’s frozen face.
1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves.
Starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel, Diana Kent, and Richard Durden.
The film is currently playing the festival circuit, but will open in the UK November 11, 2011. No word on a Stateside release date yet.