Review: The Awakening

It’s a rare instance when a ghost story transcends being merely a genre film, which is not to say that director Nick Murphy’s feature film debut doesn’t have all the tension and scares you may expect, but it creates a weightier setting for the horror than we normally get. The Awakening is just as much a film about the post-WWI period in which it’s set as it is about ghosts, putting it in the same general wheelhouse as movies like Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone though also possibly something we’re more likely to see on “Masterpiece Theatre” than we might at the local drive-in.

It’s 1921 and Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of “Seeing Through Ghosts” and London’s foremost expert on debunking paranormal hoaxes, attends a s

Rebecca Hall Looks for Ghosts in Exclusive The Awakening Clip

Cohen Media Group has provided with an exclusive clip from Nick Murphy’s The Awakening, an eerie ghost movie starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, which opens in select cities on Friday, August 17th.

Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a paranormal investigator attempting to debunk the numerous ghost sightings throughout England, when she’s called to a boarding house where a young boy has been murdered. The school matron (Staunton) is convinced that the place is haunted and that only Cathcart can put an end to the horrors experienced by the entire staff and students.

Watch the First 10 Minutes of The Awakening

Cohen Media Group has released the first 10 minutes of the supernatural thriller The Awakening.  The film, which opens in limited release August 17th, can be previewed right here at iTunes.

Set in post-World War I England in 1921, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.

Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.

New Trailer for Supernatural Thriller The Awakening

The new domestic trailer for supernatural thriller The Awakening, starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, is online and can be watched using the player after the jump!

The August 17 release is set in 1921 London, where Florence Cathcart (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 fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (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.