The Canal

2014

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

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Rupert Evans as David
Steve Oram as McNamara
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751.19 MB
1280*720
English
R
24.000 fps
1hr 32 min
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1920*1080
English
R
24.000 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 4 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Wycherley 8 / 10

simply brilliant

Its been a while since i gave a horror/thriller such a good score but its hard not to score this film high as this masterpiece from ivan kavanagh which is a very clever tale of a missing person with a twist of supernatural, with plenty of suspense scenes that get you to edge of your seat or behind a pillow and a story that will grip you till the end of the credits where you will still be sitting there after the film has finished in silence while this film is still taking effect. Rupert evans (david) is superb and he takes you through so many emotions that you don't know what to do or how to handle it, calum heath (billy) is a star in the making. I advise you to watch this but turn your phone off and do not be disturbed for 93 minutes of nothing short of cinema magic but be warned its not for the faint of hearted!!

Reviewed by Nicole of ArchonCinemaReviews.com 7 / 10

Psychological slow burn indie horror

Independent film The Canal smartly produces a slow-paced psychological horror that interesting imagines a new take on the haunting genre.

Ivan Kavanagh is the brainchild behind this original and brilliantly conceived film. The Canal is more atmospheric than most horror films currently being produced and very psychological with a horrific twist. The slow paced groundwork is eerie and unsettling but expertly done. The characters and smart and savvy in trying discern reality from imagination, or worse, supernatural occurrences.

The beginning scenes of The Canal are deliberately jumpy, adding to the confusion and anxiety the main character David experiences. A bit more clarity would have helped the film viewers experience the intended disorientation while avoiding pure confusion. I personally think the film was just a tad too slow in the beginning and Kavanagh will lose impatient movie watchers unsure of whether the investment will be worth it.

Without spoiling the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it had me squirming and gasping. The Canal is a slow burn, with Kavanagh pacing the film so audience members are psychologically bewildered to savor the conclusive reveal.

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Reviewed by quincytheodore 8 / 10

Psychologically haunting with amazing production

Captivating with intimate struggle, The Canal offers more than grisly scenes or bloody gore. It is imposing and disturbing on deeper psychological level, much credit to Rupert Evans who performs splendidly to that effect. In contrast to majority of horror flicks that have grainy filter, The Canal looks very quaint. The overlook of the vista or the color palette are brightly lit, but it effectively delivers a harrowing atmosphere.

David (Rupert Evans) is an archivist of retro movies who lives with his son and perhaps not so loving wife. He receives a movie that depicts his house was the site of a murder scene one century ago. David is a rather timid man, he has doubts and not particularly dominant. So, when he becomes more troubled by the prospect of phantom presence, he deteriorates mentally. Rupert Evans captures the character brilliantly, both verbally and with body language. It's very easy to see David as an average man, filled with hidden anger and nagging anguish.

The movie presents the terror with exquisite taste, it doesn't need cheap trick. It might show the scenes as David sees it or not show anything out of ordinary at all, the anticipation works better than the usual apparition shocks. As David's occupation is related to cinema, there are many sequences with antique cameras or slides. These old cryptic monochrome relic and modern screen mashes together exceptionally well, occasionally producing jittery motion which just feels inhuman.

With a pristine cinematography, the film is engagingly fun, although it may be odd to say this for a horror film. The angle and blitz fast editing are fresh, it focuses at the right thing at the right moment, it's simply hard to not be immersed. Most of the time it depicts a beautiful landscape of European suburb, yet it has underlying bleakness to it which is persuasively disturbing.

There have not been many films that create horror in such personal level, let with alone solid cinematography. The Canal is nightmarish delightful.

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