Official Trailer for Creepy Horror 'The Awakening' with Rebecca Hall

September 15, 2011

The Awakening

For all the garbage from the horror franchise that gets thrown up on the big screen or straight-to-DVD, sometimes you have to be patient to find the really spooky thrillers. Now it looks like one may have found its way to the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival this week (stay tuned right here for coverage from the fest from our own Alex Billington), as Rebecca Hall (The Town) stars in The Awakening. The story follows an author and professional hoax exposer in London after WWI, who’s approached by a teacher (Dominic West) at a boy’s boarding school, who believes the students are being tormented by a ghost.

Here's the trailer for Nick Murphy's horror thriller The Awakening:

In The Awakening, 1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. Imelda Staunton and Joseph Mawle are also involved. Nick Murhpy (of TV's "Occupation) makes his feature directing debut with this horror film, and he also wrote the script with Stephen Volk. No release date is available yet, but stay tuned for information as it becomes available.

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Ooh, looks nice and spooky... and not too hokey. I'm interested.

fem!anon on Sep 15, 2011


Old school style ghostie. Not many out there. Can't wait.

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011


Wow! This looks great!

Cris Mertens on Sep 15, 2011


Looks creepy.

grimjob on Sep 15, 2011


Not too sure. "Occupation" on TV was pretty terrible and this looks...uninspired. I was hoping that they might be using the aftermath of the war better, with the formation of the British Legion, Remembrance Services in Church, the creation of a memorial or plaque in the school, the growth of spiritualism, the newly made widows, the children without fathers, perhaps a local hospital with war wounded in it and the continued existence of the school's cadets. They might have been able to say something about living with the aftermath of war, the effect of the war of British society and the public school system in particular. Instead this looks like a fairly generic ghost haunting, certainly the trailer is inferior to the recently released one for "The Woman in Black".

GD on Sep 15, 2011


How do you you know they didn't?

Charles on Sep 16, 2011


I don't know for sure but as none of the things I mentioned appear or are even hinted at in the trailer and as the ghost is clearly a small boy I'm inclined to think otherwise. 

GD on Sep 16, 2011


Meh. Seems spooky enough I guess.

Judasbarronx1 on Sep 16, 2011


Rebecca Hall naked and scared in a shower.......I'm in.

tommyturner on Sep 16, 2011



Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011


Looks good... a bit of 1408 mixed with Devils Backbone?

Thavius on Sep 16, 2011

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