The Haunting of the Lady-Jane is a 2022 British horror film about two young women who encounter a water spirit on a canal boat holiday.
Written, directed, photographed and co-produced by Kemal Yildirim with additional dialogue by Mike Hallett. Also produced by Natasha Linton.
The Glassheart Productions-Kemikal Films co-production stars Natasha Linton, Sean Botha, Bryony Harvey, Helene Udy, Rosalind Stockwell, Andrew Fettes, Rosanne Priest, Thomas Lee Rutter, Peter Mahoney, Geoff Woodman and Coco Sienna.
The peaceful waterways of the English countryside are plagued by legends of Ràn; a water spirit who collects the bodies of sinful people along the river. After a disturbing incident left Lily emotionally scarred and estranged from her parents she decides to begin her life again.
Now a socially aware writer on female empowerment, she decides to tour the country with Zara, whose journey of self-identity has led her to fully explore life. Lily met Zara through her blog, they decided to become travel companions. They see a chance to travel on a barge – the Lady-Jane – on the English canals.
Accepting an offer of free passage on the British canals, Lily and Zara find themselves isolated with Willard, a religiously obsessed hulking man whose past is murkier than the canal waters. The threesome’s journey upriver becomes increasingly bizarre and dangerous as Willard’s fascination with canal ghosts surfaces, and the spirit known as Ràn torments them on their journey…
My complaints with The Haunting of the Lady-Jane, besides the sometimes overly opaque script, are few. The acting is rough in a few spots, nothing horrible but it is noticeable. And I found one of the revelations to be somewhat problematical, although that is literally a value judgment others may see differently. Everything does pay off with some effectively creepy moments in the final act…” 3.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
1 hour 38 minutes
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