This was a great movie. A slow pace guides us through a manor with a troubling past. I know, cliche, right? But this past was so much more disturbing than I could have ever imagined. This was a past that I actually felt could be real, in the early 1800's perhaps.
Although there were a few scares and unsettling moments, this movie would have been more suited to the thriller / drama genre. There were explosive scenes of emotion and conflict, so much so that I found myself thinking 'that was incredible acting', rather than, 'that was terrifying.'
I feel most horror fans may be disappointed with the movie due to most horrors giving instant gratification to its viewers. People don't have to work when watching a horror movie anymore, everything is instant. You have everything at the click of a button in 2016, and this has bled to stain our movie culture too. Except, this one. 'The Disappointments Room' isn't constricted by the usual simple plot, abundance of gore, questionable acting, and obvious use of music to build up to a scare. The plot in this is interesting, there is minimal gore, the acting is sensational, and all cinematic devices are used in moderation.
Speaking of which, Kate Beckinsale shines in this movie. Her portrayal of a strong, independent, stubborn woman, with a horrible past who is now dependent on medication, is fabulous. There is one particular scene towards the end of the movie where her acting is exceptional! She is one of a few actresses that is both beautiful and genuinely talented. The supporting cast were also impressive.
Even though there are movies set in manors that have a paranormal threat endangering future residents, this one stood out from the crowd. This movie won't blend into the many horrors I have seen set in manors and mansions.
On that subject, the scenery was spectacular. The slow camera panning from shot to shot absorbs all angles of the manor in its creepy glory and its location.
I was surprised to find some comedy mixed in, which provided temporary relief from the chilling history of the place. You have an uncomfortable yet hilarious professional relationship between Kate's character and her hired contractor.
We are actually left with a cliffhanger in regards to the condition of one character. I can't recall a horror movie doing that for many years. At least, not one that I have seen. This was refreshing.
Overall, 'The Disappointments Room' wasn't disappointing at all. With a slow pace, morbid history, outstanding acting, a few chills, and brilliant scenery, it proved to be entertaining and unsettling.
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