It’s no surprise that the popularity of Downton Abbey and the surprise hit The Woman in Black ($127 million worldwide) has led to studios scrambling to release more period-piece fare. The Awakening on the surface sure seems to satisfy viewers looking to continue their indulgence with England in the early 1900′s. The new trailer reveals a stately mansion saturated with atmosphere that looks to hold some chilling scares, albeit none that horror fans havn’t seen already. Images from The Others, Orphanage, and this years’ The Woman in Black easily come to mind. Hopefully the familiar spirit of those other films doesn’t take away from the creepiness of The Awakening.
The film stars Rebecca Hall and Dominic West and is set for a wide release on August 17.
Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is on a mission to expose all séances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to a boys’ boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, she is gradually forced to confront her skepticism in the most terrifying way, shaking her scientific convictions and her sense of self to the very core.