Incidentally, the medium's ritual reveals that Vera, Ray and Sam are ghosts unable to leave their home because of an unresolved issue. The cinematography courtesy of Williams is colorfully exquisite, capturing the crisp lighting through doors and windows and the intimate shadings of the elaborate, meticulously set house. Purgatory The concept of Purgatory has been explored by writers for centuries. Thoroughly engaging, contemplative and percolating with loads of mystique, Williams brings some much needed punch and polish to his low-key goosebumps thriller that legitimately keeps the viewer guessing on their toes. Extra twist, a good one, at no extra cost! The film opens with a darkened, well-kept suburban house inside and a howling thunderstorm outside.
Sam cannot help but notice the emotional divide and disconnection between his non-communicative parents. Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. I consider this more of a psychological thriller, myself, because until all the pieces come together, the film keeps you guessing. I watch a lot of horrors, having worked a few haunts , myself, and relish nothing more than the sounds of horrified screams in the night. Aesthetically, The Atoning is comparable to classic ghost films à la The Changeling. From that moment on, they're thrust into a horror worse than anything they've ever experienced. It delivers in regards to the beautiful screams I love to hear.
It screened at the on March 4, 2017, where it won the Best Home Grown award. Ray, however, spends much of the film not putting forth the effort. Newcomb is a standout actor. I watch a lot of horrors. . Who knew that a well-made, small-scale horror fable could be as cautionary to the human condition as mischievous whispers are to the dark? This eye-popping admission is especially astounding to Sam.
I can't give its name without revealing plot details. In most cases, the characterizations in horror-themed features are disposable tools to move along the fright-induced frivolities. She is very reminiscent physically of Sissy Spacek and displays a disciplined ability to act subtly exasperated while being a bridge of encouraging light to her child although within being emotionally dark. Williams takes a lot of care in the construction of his film. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.
The character of Vera is essentially a conduit for the sadness of The Atoning, and is flat-out heartbreaking in the role. The cinematography and shot choices are all very meticulously planned and eye-pleasing. Written and directed by Michael Williams, The Atoning is a fun mystery of a haunted house horror movie that keeps you guessing and on edge throughout. All in all, The Atoning is an admirable independent effort whose ghosts are personal ones. That is the scary part.
The reason, and closure for the spirits comes near the end, with the details slowly disclosed like pieces of the jigsaw puzzles the family work on together. The film follows a family of three- Vera, Ray, and young Sam- who appear to be haunted by the spirits in their home, as they deal with the consequences of a life-altering mistake that Ray has made. Lastly, LaCour is effectively bewildering as the expressionless Ray trapped by his self-inflicted doubts and demons. The haunting run-ins include Ray witnessing a pretty woman disrobing to take a shower in his bathroom and slip into bed with him and Sam screaming at the top of his lungs at the sight of a little girl equally screeching back at him in his bedroom. One thing I love about horror is how it embraces the macabre and lends it an unapologetic beauty. The Atoning will arrive in theaters and on demand on September 5th. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter.
As the story progresses it becomes obvious that Vera and Ray are hiding a secret from young Sam, their son. Atmosphere and mystery are more important here. Soundtrack carefully subdued and only 'kicks' where it's needed. Williams directs his film with an emphasis on the deliberately slow pace, allowing his story to unfold in a way that feels true to the lives of the characters, all the while utilizing the old house to effectively establish a somber tone through his poetic shot-framing and old-school scares. Vera and Sam are then able to leave the house by opening the front door which had previously been locked tight. I knew they existed but I had to convince myself. But that piece of crap is a multi-million dollar budget toss-fest, and 'The Atoning' is better than it.