Often in horror stories, characters are trapped. The suspense derives from the audience watching them avoid peril. Today’s film in Halloween Horror is set in a haunted house, a staple piece of architecture in horror films.
“The Others” was released in 2001, and it stars Nicole Kidman as Grace. It is set during World War II, and Grace is raising her two children alone in an old, big house, since her husband is fighting in the war. Raising her children is hard for her since they suffer from a rare condition where too much light could kill them. One day, three people arrive to help. One of them is a nanny, Bertha Mills (played by Fionnula Flanagan). Shortly after this, they all start to hear strange noises around the house. They start to think they are not alone in the house. Fans of the genre will know scary things are about to happen.
This movie works because it has a great performance by Nicole Kidman. Grace is shown as someone who is tough with her children, but also someone who loves them. She is also someone who gets very scared when she realizes the house is haunted.
The ending of the film is very strong. One reason it works is because it is unexpected. It is very hard to make a movie with an ending that is unpredictable.
“The Others” is a movie that is well worth seeing. It is among the best horror films released in the early 2000s.
As Halloween gets closer, take a look at this website to see how to convert your home into one ready for the trick or treaters.