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Spirit Trap (2005)

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"Five young students move into an old unoccupied mansion. Strange things start to happen when one gets an old Russian Spirit Clock working again. They begin to see things in the house - shadows of torches on the walls, and an angry mob that nail a man to the floor. As the nightmare deepens, they try to escape the house before they are trapped with the spirits forever."

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Review Date: 22 March 2006 My Rating: out of 5


Billie Piper copes admirably in her first leading role in a feature film and is ably supported by some promising new talent in the form of Luke Mably, Sam Troughton, Emma Catherwood and Alsou.

The film opens with a very sharp prologue before establishing its gorgeous set and wonderful score, during a very artistic opening sequence before beginning the main storyline.

The film focuses on Jenny (Piper) as she makes her way to her new student accommodation and meets her four new flat mates Nick, Tina, Tom and Adele.

The group settle in and get to know one another, which is when tensions first arise as we discover some secrets about the group. Things go from bad to worse however, when Nick fixes an old spirit clock in the hallway and the group must fight to stay alive as secrets are revealed about the others and the house itself.

Having just watched three really crappy movies in a row, Spirit Trap came as a welcome surprise and a breath of fresh air thanks to its gorgeous set design, beautiful aesthetic and sexy starlets, who were pretty good actors to boot.

The press and audiences alike were not full of praise for the film upon it's theatrical release, but I for one enjoyed it's simplistic structure and back to basics method of storytelling.

As we are force fed watered down PG-13 crap by studios, and cheap, exploitative and derivative trash on DVD, Spirit Trap managed to use the well worn British haunted house archetype and inject it with some 21st century style and sensibilities, making it a stylish spooky thriller perfect for a Friday night fright fest.

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