Like trying to grab a handful of fog, this is atmospheric but little else . . . .
Based on an infamous unsolved murder case, I have no idea how much of this movie is steeped in reality and how much is pure fiction and I must say that the film did not instill me with a passion to find out more either.
It’s the story of a man and his son ending up in a small village just as the place is about to start celebrating a festival. For some reason, the father cannot sleep without apparently walking around the woods and ending up near the farmstead that saw those brutal murders so many years ago. He starts to become more and more interested/obsessed in the terrible crime that took place there and, in particular, with the death or removal of a baby he sees in visions. But is he even seeing things that actually happened or is he just being misled by the atmosphere of the place and the memories that cannot really be laid to rest while people can still remember what happened?
This film is all about atmosphere and it ladles that on brilliantly. Sadly, there’s very little else to enjoy. The acting is just fine but the script is weak, alternating between the trite and the dull. The unfolding of the story is also clumsily handled and no viewer will be surprised by any “surprises” revealed. The latter half of the movie has a nice, olde worlde horror feel to it but still backs it up with nothing else. Which makes this quite a missed opportunity for those involved who may have been hoping to make something spooky and thrilling.