The Eclipse (2009)
"When you see a ghost, your brain splits in two. One side of you is rejecting what you're seeing, and the other side is screaming that this is real."
At an Irish literary festival, a recently-widowed father is one of the volunteers driving visiting authors back and forth. He soon develops a friendship with a female horror writer. But he has also begun to experience frightening ghostly visions.
The Eclipse is a difficult film to pigeonhole. It's an odd blend of genres, but they're genres that work surprisingly well together. There is certainly a horror element - in this case a ghost story - with some chillingly suspensful scenes and a couple of jump-out-of-your-seat moments. But at its heart, it is a touching story of a man trying to deal with loss and grief.
The story unfolds at a slow pace, but never feels dull. The visuals are mesmerising to look at. Lighting and shadow are used well to create atmosphere and drama, along with some interesting and creative camera work. The emotive score is particularly noticeable, and really adds depth to the mood. There are three main characters, who are each brought to life through beautiful writing and outstanding acting. I believed in them, and cared about what happened. And when the film ended, I didn't want to leave them.
This is a beautiful film with warmth, sadness and hope. It's about relationships, love, death, loss, and forgiveness. At times it's easy to forget there's a horror element in there too. But that's what makes it all the more frightening and effective. It draws you in, then takes you by surprise. If you're just looking for a disposable, popcorn horror movie, this probably isn't what you want. But if you fancy something that will scare you at times, but make you experience a range of other emotions as well, then I'd highly recommend The Eclipse.