August 31, 2018

The Little Stranger is in theaters on August 31st, 2018.

The Little Stranger follows Dr. Faraday, a doctor in the countryside of England, who is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall in 1948. He is in awe as his mother used to work at the large manor as a maid. He quickly grows close to the Ayers family who owns it where they all begin to see more and more paranormal activities throughout the estate.

The movie starts out slows and rarely builds up during the first hour which I was not expecting based on it involving such an ominous house. Since it was so slow the haunting scenes packed more power because it put temporary solution to the suspense.

Instead of packing a lot of haunting action into the first hour or so, there are several characters that are sarcastic and funny so I found myself laughing a lot. It was also time to get more attached to the characters because usually this element gets skipped in suspenseful movies like this one. This extra time spent on this made it confusing to figure out exactly what this movie was about and direction of the plot.

When the paranormal scenes finally do pick up the movie gets better but fair warning several of them involve blood and lots of it. If you don’t like gore and disturbing visuals like that I would say skip out on this one. There are scenes that made the hair raise on my skin but there were all pushed towards the end which was disappointing.

The Little Stranger’s ending is open ended which leaves the lingering taunting feeling which is perfect for mystery and suspense movies. At first I was confused but looking more into it made more sense which made me like this movie a little more but I could not get past the extremely slow build up.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Ashley Ashley (Contributing Editor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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