DVD: The Awakening (15)


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Rebecca Hall's author, Florence, is a supernatural sceptic who debunks supposedly ghostly happenings in 1921 Britain.

However, when Dominic West's headmaster asks her to visit his haunted boarding school for orphaned boys, she starts to reassess her rational beliefs. Nick Murphy throws the clichés – fog, creaking doors, spooky dolls, damaged First World War masters – at this never less than watchable slice of British hokum, and the acting is first rate, particularly Hall and a spooked Imelda Staunton. It's nowhere near as petrifying as The Others or The Shining, but The Awakening has an oddly affecting finale.