April 20th, 2006



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Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.6/10 (12,672 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: David Moreau

Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca

Clémentine, a teacher in a French School in Bucharest, lives with her husband, Lucas, in a remote real estate in Snagow. During the night, Clémentine is woken by weird noises outside their house, and Lucas sees their car being stolen. The lights are turned off, the phones are disconnected and they see that they are no longer alone. When weird lights appear outside, they hide in the cellar and try to ask for help from what could be a dreadful night of pure terror.

Writers: Xavier Palud, David Moreau

Olivia Bonamy - Clémentine
Michaël Cohen - Lucas
Adriana Mocca - Ilona (as Adriana Moca)
Maria Roman - Sanda
Camelia Maxim - Maria
Alexandru Boghiu - L'enfant
Emanuel Stefanuc - Adolescent n°1
Horia Ioan - Adolescent n°2
Stefan Cornic - Adolescent n°3
George Iulian - Adolescent n°4

Taglines: The film that terrified Europe has come to America


Official Website: Mars Distribution [France] | Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 20 April 2006

Filming Locations: Bucharest, Romania

Opening Weekend: $4,025 (USA) (26 April 2007) (3 Screens)

Technical Specs

Runtime: France:

Did You Know?

The house used in the film was an actual sprawling old estate in Bucharest, Romania. The house was so large that the production was unable to furnish all the rooms for shooting, but it was also large enough that the entire production worked out of the location.

Crew or equipment visible: When Clementine drives to the house a crew member (most likely cameraman) is visible on the car glass.

[last lines]
Child: We just want to play! Why won't you ley us? Let us! Will you let us?

User Review

Tense as hell...

Rating: 8/10

...but in the end you realize this is something you'll only watch once or perhaps twice. It's a perfect cinema experience however.

The sound work works really well in a theater. There is clearly a very eager and talented sound designer and editor responsible for creating most of the tension. Every single creak and footstep is perfectly placed for the best scares. The plot is the "weakest" part, but it's nothing you'll care about. The best thing is that it mercifully steers clear of all "jump" scenes we know and hate from American scary movies.

After the first act, lightning starts to come in more and more and almost replaces sound as the tension-maker. This is also done extremely well. Actually, this is probably one of the most well- made horror movies in a long time. Everything plays out perfectly; lightning, sound, camera-work(modern, but not annoyingly so) editing and cinematography.

Definitely worth watching for the technical aspects alone, but more so for the tension and the scares.


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