• 2010
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: Leigh Whannell
  • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Andrew Astor, Leigh Whannell

Writer director team Leigh Whanell and Wan (who launched Saw on the world) return with a creepy ghost story as a young family (Wilson and Byrne) learn: 'It's not the house that is haunted. It's your son.' An obvious homage to Poltergeist that delivers a solid dose of horror before exploding into a wild ride of demons, phantoms and phantasms.

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