- X 2019
A Cry from Within
Donna McKenna, Bruce Aitken, Deborah Twiss, Cathy Gentile, Zach Miller, Stella Fitzpatrick, Mark Sferazza, Helen McCann (executive), Edward McCann (executive), Marc Lebowitz (executive), Anthony Matt (executive) for Sebastien Film
directed by Zach Miller, Deborah Twiss (supervising)
starring Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, Deborah Twiss, James McCaffrey, Sydney McCann, Matthew McCann, Robert Vaughn, Pat Patterson, Journey Gonzalez, Antelique Marion Berry, Judi Beecher, Harris Doran, Eliza Roberts, Brian Kelly, Heather Aitken, Jack William Marshall, Benja Kay Thomas, Joe Pallister, McKean Rand
written by Deborah Twiss, music by Vivien Villani
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After Cecile (Deborah Twiss) tragically loses her unborn child, she
quits her job, and she, her husband Jonathan (Eric Roberts), and their
kids Ariel (Sydney McCann) and Morgan (Matthew MacCann) decide to
move to the country ... and find a home almost too quickly.
Moriarty) has lived in this old big country residence for way too long
with her bed-ridden mother Sophia (Pat Patterson), and not only can't she
afford the maintenance bills anymore, the house also harbours some bad
memories, bad memories that have to do with the fact that the relationship
between Alice and her mother has become toxic. So when Cecile and
Jonathan's car breaks down on their way to doing some house-hunting and
they stop by her place to call a tow truck, Sophia is quick to offer them
her house for rent ... and since the kids quickly fall in love with the
place (especially after Ariel finds a doll on the premises she won't be
without anymore), Cecile and Jonathan quickly accept the offer and are
quick to move in.
Ariel is starting to have nightmares soon after the
move, and they seem to become more extreme night after night, and all are
about children being chained and tortured - but at first, her parents
think it might just be the effects of the move ... and since when they
offer to move elsewhere she refuses, they're ok with that. Things get out
of hand when Cecile and Morgan start to see the kids from Ariel's
nightmare, too, and not in their dreams but rather as apparitions. And the
incidents surrounding those apparitions grow more and more frequent, too,
and more and more severe ... so eventually they just have to find out what
has happened in the house, what it has to do with the toxic relationship
of Alice and her mother, and how a certain priest (James McCaffrey) fits
into all of this - before it might be too late ...
from Within is a haunted house story that's old-fashioned in the best
possible way: It takes its time to build up its story, relies on
atmosphere and suspense rather than spectacle and effects to bring its
story across, and is carried by a subtle directorial effort and a great
ensemble cast. Sure, there are many haunted house flicks in today's movie
world that are louder, more gruesome, more in-your-face than this one, but
this one proves the virtues of good storytelling and fine craftmanship,
which makes it a rather charming piece of horror. Totally worth a look!