Watch the First 10 Minutes of British Horror Film ‘The Awakening’

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The first ten minutes of the British horror film The Awakening have been made available online and the clip (above) does a good job of establishing the film’s intriguing (and unnerving) premise.

The movie, which stars Rebecca Hall (the upcoming Iron Man 3) and Dominic West (The Wire), focuses on Florence Cathcart (Hall), a woman who specializes in exposing con artists and debunking claims of the supernatural. In the opening scene, Cathcart debunks a seance and then meets West’s character, who tells her of a haunting that might actually be real.

The Awakening premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and has already been released in the U.K., but is only now making its way to American audiences. Check out a more detailed synopsis of the film below.

Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Hall), author of the popular book ‘Seeing Through Ghosts,’ has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.

The opening scene to The Awakening is masterful in how it tricks the viewer. The seance feels so real that when it’s shown to be fake, you’re almost embarrassed that you believed it – which is precisely how the older woman in the seance feels, too. The thing about people who believe in ghosts is that, for the most part, they don’t want to know the truth. It’s more appealing to believe that their lost loved one is somewhere out there instead of gone forever.

the awakening first 10 minutes Watch the First 10 Minutes of British Horror Film The Awakening

Cathcart is interesting because, while she undoubtedly wishes she could bring her back her dead fiancé, she knows it’s not possible. When she investigates a real haunting, though, she’s forced to reconsider her position. Granted, it’s not the most original territory, but that kind of emotional drama is essential for telling a good ghost story and it looks like The Awakening might well be a good one.

Check out the official trailer for the film below:

The Awakening comes out in limited release later this month on August 17th.

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  1. I saw this and the end of the movie has a great twist. I wouldn’t call it a horror movie though

    • its more like [removed for possible spoiler - moderator]

      good movie

      • Please tell me you didn’t just give away the ending?

  2. Looks pretty good wish we could get a few creature features with a quality like this creepy,good acting(etc).

  3. I have seen it. I have friends in London and it is on DVD already there.
    This film is classic horror which is the only horror I like with a very
    engaging performance by the stealthily sexy Rebecca Hall.

  4. Y’know, I’m English, still living in England and this is the first I’ve heard of this movie.

    Might have to see if it’s on TV anytime soon and give it a shot.

    • From what I understand the film was released without any promotion
      and within its short run was already available on Amazon UK on DVD.
      It is getting a limited release here in the US and I sense a similar fate.
      The film deserves better. It is a quality movie with fine performances.

      • Half the time British cinemas aren’t interested in British films. Virtually everything released is from Hollywood. You usually have to hunt out small British films in arthouse cinemas which most people (including me) rarely do. :(

        • Now that’s a sad fact. One should think British cinemas would put British films first.

  5. I just watched the trailer and it does look good. It’s got a very drab colour palette though. Even the grass was grey! So much for “England’s green and pleasant land”! (^-^)

    • You are right about that and that style choice was not the best.
      I imagine the director thought it would be atmospheric for
      the subject matter and time but it did not quite work.

      To get what he was shooting for he should have shot in
      black and white but of course studios rarely permit it.

  6. Very good film, defo a sleeper hit for me.
    made me jump a few times.

    visited lyme park manchester recently and discovered this film was filmed there :D

  7. I saw this months ago here in Canada by watching it stream on Justin TV. I had no idea it was not released yet here so when I started hearing about it being new I thought I was going crazy. It was just okay to me-nothing unique, special or even really original. The ending was almost a given by the time it got to it. A few scenes were unnecessary and the performances were decent but nothing especially memorable.