Whodunit Slashers

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent whodunit slashers and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

The Others

The mother of two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her house is haunted.
Big Plot Twist
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
France
Italy
Spain
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Child Film
Relative: 
Mother
Offspring
Psychics: 
Medium
Wizards: 
Conjurer
8
You'll look like you've seen a ghost!
7.04
8
8
8
2
3
4
Performances
Pace
Ambiance
This is the kind of film you want to watch in one streak, without interruption and in the right mood, because subsequent viewing won’t be as impactful. A lot of this production resides in its surprises, scattered here and there, and in its twists. The Others will definitely become your go-to movie about ghosts for its quintessence and its haunting atmosphere.
Nicole Kidman deserves praise for her acting. She’s not playing your run-of-the-mill mother. First, this is a period piece. Second, she’s isolated in the middle of nowhere. Third, her husband is at war. Fourth, her kids are weird. There is more to this character than meets the eye. We know this because the first shot of the movie presents her in a state of panic. Her character never gets better.
Every word, in The Others, has a meaning. Alejandro Amenábar, writer, director and musician, shows you what he thinks you should see. His film is slow but surprisingly dense. The cast and sets are limited, but the film looks like a million bucks. It is visually rich, it is immersive and it’s scary as hell. Also, all the actors, even the young ones, do a bang-up job.
Alternate Titles: 
The Darkness
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