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The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006)

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"Guy Cooley moves to an old farm in Princeton with his wife Jeanne Cooley and their two daughters, Molly and Lucy, to build eight windmills to generate clean power to the city. He was hired by the local Samantha Porter, who owns with her relative Jonas Dodd the lands in the woods where the facility will be built. The Cooley family has a cold reception in town, and while voting for the approval of the project, the old woman Gretchen Caswell votes against the construction with many followers and mentions the historic importance of the spot and the name of Martha. Jeanne researches and discloses that two hundred and fifty years ago, a girl called Lucy Keyes got lost in the woods and in spite of the efforts of her mother Martha Keyes and the locals, she was never found. When the ghost of Martha comes to the fields around their property calling for Lucy, Jeanne realizes that the legend is true and that there are many hidden secrets in that location."

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Review Date: 14 November 2007 My Rating: out of 5


Julie Delpy and Justin Theroux star as Jeanne and Guy Cooley who move to rural New England after the death of their son with their two daughters Molly and Lucy, unaware that some 250 years ago, the previous occupant’s daughter (also named Lucy) disappeared. The Cooley’s receive a frosty reception from the townspeople and it soon appears that the residents are trying to make life difficult for the Cooley’s, or is something far more sinister at play?

The film looks really fresh and has a very likeable cast but it’s not as scary as one would hope, in fact it’s more of a spooky drama than a ghostly thriller or horror movie. That being said, the film is an enjoyable enough time waster for a rainy night.

The cast are good here and it was great to see Jamie Donnelly (brusha, brusha, brusha…) back on screen.

The Legend of Lucy Keyes is similar to An American Haunting but isn’t nearly as scary. This is worth a rent but I wouldn’t run out and buy it.

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