Rating: PG-13 for language and intensity
Run Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes
I’ll watch anything if Peter Sarsgaard is attached but this dumbed-down thriller is a stretch even for his biggest fan.
plays true to type (read: lightweight) as Caroline, an empathetic hospice
caretaker who needs a change of scenery. Opportunity knocks in the form of an
Not just any house, mind you, but a Cajun classic with mysterious locked doors and mirrors removed from the walls. Superstition dies hard in the Old South and Caroline is going to get her fill.
Naturally she snoops her little heart out and can’t keep away from the musty old attic. Cursory investigations produce formula arcane bric-a-brac -- old photographs, newt’s eyes, a sinister LP recording of the Conjure of Sacrifice -- that spells trouble.
Caroline’s niggling suspicions deepen with each new discovery. Lightning repeatedly knocks out the power but a bulb goes on over Caroline’s head: Is Violet sacrificing Ben with a hoodoo (not voodoo) magic spell and stealing the years he has left?
done that in more sinister settings and nimbler plots. Rowlands (a consummate pro) and Hurt make the
most of their screen time while