In the mood to be spooked? Try “The Others”

Story by Maura Nowak, Staff Writer

“The Others” is a psychological horror-thriller movie released in 2001, starring Nicole Kidman, Alakina Mann, and James Bentley.

The movie follows a family of a mother, Grace, and her two children who move to a large empty house on the English coast while their father is away fighting in World War II. The two children have a rare disease that causes the sun to hurt them, meaning that all light must be contained and the curtains must always be closed. However, strange occurrences around the house cause Grace to believe that there are supernatural entities haunting them.

Because of its PG-13 rating, the film is perfect for people who, like me, want to enjoy a little dose of creepiness without constant blood and gore or jarring jump-scares. Instead, the film does a wonderful job of creating a spooky atmosphere with its eerie imagery and score that adds so much dimension.

Nicole Kidman delivers an incredibly convincing performance of a fiercely protective mother, whose slow descent into madness as a result of the events of the film is perfectly portrayed.

Despite being nearly 19 years old, the movie still holds up to today’s modern standards. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is very strong, and the storyline is gripping. Although the beginning is a bit slow to start, the payoff of the ending is worth it. It will make you consider what you thought you knew, and keep you thinking about it long after it has ended.