The Awakening – UK, 2011 – reviews

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‘Sometimes dead does not mean gone’

The Awakening is a 2011 British horror feature film directed by Nick Murphy, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton.


1921: England. Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is a published author on supernatural hoaxes who works with the police to expose charlatans and debunk supernatural phenomena, having begun her foray into her profession upon the death of her lover in World War I.

Upon a visit from Robert Malory (Dominic West), a teacher from a boarding school with the request to investigate the recent death of a student and how it is related to sightings of a ghost of a child, she travels to the school hoping to explain the sightings and the death. The ghostly sightings are at first thought to be a prank played by one of the boys at the school.

While Florence and Robert start developing a mutual attraction, the school is closed for holidays with the only occupants being Robert, Florence, Maud (Imelda Staunton) the housekeeper and Tom, a lonely orphan child…

“The Awakening continues the time honoured tradition of the haunted house movie, one that takes itself extremely seriously. Evoking other 21st century horrors such as The Others, The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone, for the most part this is a perfectly enjoyable ghost story only let down by a groan-inducing deadweight of an ending.” Blog Critics

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