THE KEEPING HOURS (2016) Reviews and overview


The Keeping Hours is a 2016 American supernatural romantic horror film directed by Karen Moncrieff (The Dead Girl) from a screenplay by Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Haunting of Molly Hartley). Jason Blum (Halloween; Unfriended: Dark Web; Get Out; et al) produced the film via Blumhouse Productions. The movie stars Lee Pace, Carrie Coon, Amy Smart and Ray Baker.

Successful attorney Mark (Lee Pace) returns to his old house after the renters skipped out on rent. While there he experiences a supernatural event that forces him to reach out to his ex-wife (Carrie Coon). Ten years after their son’s death, a ghost will help reunite the estranged couple and deliver a message of life or death…

In the USA, PG-13 rated The Keeping Hours is released in 2018 on digital VOD (July 24) and DVD )August 7) by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


“Ana Ortiz’s medium/dog walker sticks out a bit as she suggests a possible earlier direction for the film. Yet, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the emotional story. Moncrieff and Sonnenshine have a strong hold on the tone they want to achieve with the film, and it radiates on the screen. Adding in a pitch perfect Pace and Coon, and you have a can’t miss film.” Christopher James, Awards Circuit

” …The Keeping Hours has to be favorably appreciated for ably achieving its goals as a dramatic tearjerker. You absolutely have to be in the mood for a movie designed to make you reach for tissues, not to hide eyes in fright. Expectations for anything else can only end in dulled disappointment.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The baseline concept is what makes the proceedings intermittently compelling. It’s hard to be entirely unmoved by Mark and Elizabeth’s situation […] But mostly there are missed opportunities. When it misses its mark, which is more often than not…” Sam Fragoso, The Wrap

Cast and characters:

  • Lee Pace … Mark
  • Carrie Coon … Elizabeth
  • Amy Smart … Amy
  • Ray Baker … Lenn
  • Molly Hagan … Daniels
  • Brianne Howey … Caroline
  • Anna Diop … Kate
  • Jane Daly … Elizabeth’s Mom
  • Cliff Chamberlain … Smith
  • Lylah Raye Acosta … Emma


Principal photography on the film began on December 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, which ended on January 22, 2016.

Running time:

91 minutes


The Keeping Hours was shown at the Los Angeles Film festival on June 15, 2017.

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