Marrowbone is very underrated horror film that I recommend highly.
A family who fled to US from villainous father in England faces biggest challenge when the mother past away and left the children all alone. The oldest son vow to protect the three younger siblings, but it gets very difficult when there is sinister presence in the old house they live in.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
The movie doesn’t have to be completely original to be a great movie. Marrowbone is not completely original horror film. It took few different ideas from different horror films and put it together. But the movie is executed so well, and it is still very entertaining movie.
Marrowbone is beautifully shot and completely driven by the story. It has little bit of everything, drama, romance, and lots of suspense and horror, and jump scares. But the highlight of the film is the surprise twist in the story that completely caught me by surprise.
The characters in the movies are well developed. The acting from each actors are very good specially from the young actor played by Matthew Stagg.
In terms of horror, there is enough there to keep you in interested. The horror element is driven by the creepy mysterious house which supposedly haunted. There are even few good jump scares too.
When I read other reviews, some didn’t like how the movie ended. But personally, I was very satisfied with the ending. I am just glad that the movie didn’t ended in cliff-hanger nor ambiguous.
It is best to watch the movie without knowing anything about the movie. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop reading and just go see the movie. Don’t even look at the trailer.
Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Warning!)
The biggest surprise is that this movie isn’t about ghosts or demons. The movie is about multiple personality. Some might be disappointed by this, but I thought it was brilliant. The movie does a very good job making you believe that there is ghost in the house until the end.
The story begins with mom and her three sons and a daughter who ran away from her abusive and violent husband. They found an old house in a remote parts of the small town and settled in. But problem started when the mom got very ill and eventually died leaving them all alone. Their plan was to stay hidden until the oldest turns 21, so that they get to stay together. The oldest, Jack, vow to the rest of the siblings that he will protect them and they will never be separated.
For little while, everything seems okay. They are all together and having fun. They even met a local girl named Allie who became part of the family. She even fall in love with the oldest one, Jack.
But one day, the abusive and violent father eventually found them. We found out later in the movie that he came looking for them because Rose, the mom, stole money from him before she came to America. So the father is very angry at the rest of the family. At the end, Jack failed to protect the siblings and they are all murdered by the father in the attic. But Jack was able to locked him inside the attic along with dead bodies of the siblings.
Jack was devastated, so he was about to commit suicide. But his survival instinct kicked in and he created a multiple personalities to make him believe that the siblings are not actually dead. He was able to live with multiple personality disorder for while believing that the siblings are alive and well. This explains the fact that Jack is able to go out to get supplies and even meet up with his girl friend, Allie, and the rest of the siblings are not allow to leave home. He was also able to deal with the curious lawyer all by himself.
But living with multiple personalities is slowly killing him, so eventually the other personalities decided to get help. They knew only person who can really help him is his girlfriend, Allie. So they contacted her and she eventually found out what happened. We also found out the violent father is still alive in the attic and still causing problem. He ended up killing the curious lawyer and tried to kill Allie.
At the end, Allie decided to stay with him and help him to get better. The final surprise is that, against the recommendation from the doctor, she decided not to drug him. She decided to let him continue to believe that his siblings are alive and well. Because she realized that, that is when he is truly happy.
Marrowbone is very good horror film that I recommend highly. [5 out of 5 stars]
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