‘The Awakening’ Trailer Brings Spookiness To Victorian England

Posted Friday, June 29th, 2012 06:00 pm GMT -4 by

The Awakening movie posterIf you liked ‘Woman in Black,’ then you might be interested in this film due out soon called ‘The Awakening.’ The movie will finally be playing in the US and to announce its debut, a trailer has been released.

The film was first shown last September at the Toronto International Film Festival to critical praise and has been making the festival rounds with much success. Now we’ll get to see what makes this movie so special.

‘The Awakening’ stars Rebecca Hall (‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona,’ ‘The Town’), Dominic West (‘John Carter,’ ‘Punisher: War Zone,’ ‘The Wire’) and Imelda Staunton (‘Maleficent,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I,’ ‘Nanny McPhee’) and takes place after World War I. It follows author and paranormal debunker Florence Cathcart as she is asked to investigate ghostly sightings at an all-boys boarding school. Of course this time, science and acute observation may not help explain the eerie goings-on that she encounters.

The trailer seems to be in the same vein as ‘Woman in Black’ in that it relies more on suspense than the gore that usually accompanies a horror film. What may even bode well for the film also, is that the only real competition that it’ll have during its weekend release is ‘The Bourne Legacy.’ So if you’re looking to get out of the hot weather of summer, this may be something worth you seeing.

Check out the trailer and the official synopsis below:

Set in London in 1919, Florence Cathcart (REBECCA HALL), author of the popular book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (DOMINIC WEST) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.

‘The Awakening’ will premiere in US theaters on August 10th.

‘The Awakening’ U.S. Trailer:

  • ME24601

    I think it looks pretty good. Love a good horror film. 

    • Janice Kay

      I love a good horror film too that doesn’t involve found footage or a large amount of gore! This looks like it will be pretty good.

  • AnOutsider

    Oh hello miss umbridge! Reminds me a bit of another older British ghost movie but the name escapes me. The guy busted fake mediums and then goes to a house in the country and runs into 3 real ghosts

    • Charles D. Ward

      I think you might be thinking of Haunted, based on the James Herbert novel of the same name.  I haven’t seen this film yet but the set-up seems quite similar.

      • AnOutsider

        Yup! That’s the one. Thanks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3DKTIT53RWW34ZLVWRY6ACNYAA Duncannibal

    Yes it’s very good, better than Woman in Black. Watched it ages ago, yes I live in the UK.