Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Creepy ghost story avoids gore but still scares.

NR 2013 97 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 13+

Wonderful introduction to the scary movie genre!

A well written movie that reminds me of the old Goosebumps books in a way, especially in how it's Definitely Teen friendly, and if you're alright with the 2-3 times both B words are dropped, a kid friendly as well. Perfect introduction to the scary movie genre for the younger crowds, as it's not an outright freakout-fest. Story: It has an extremely interesting plot, which is unfortunately spoiled in the description of the movie. I only came across a couple parts that seemed to not make complete sense, and was left wishing for a little more development of other characters, but other than that, it was a well written story. 9/10 Cast/Characters: The actors were well cast, in my honest opinion, and should not have been done any other way. And I was pleasantly surprised to see Rodney McKay from Stargate Atlantis (I know he has a real name, but that's how I always identify him) in this movie, and wished he had far more screen time. 10/10 Visuals: There was one point in the climax area that they placed an after effect that looks like it was taken from the stock effects in whatever software they used to render the final cut, it was a little headache inducing to me, as it was a very static effect and not dynamic, making it stick out like a sore thumb. I get what they we're trying to do, and I feel they probably ran out of money and had to cut back on it. But that has to be my only visual gripe. 8/10 Sound: The audio was clear as crystal after the first several minutes, it might have just been me, but for those first minutes, I was desperately needing the subtitles (which are poorly implemented on Netflix) as everything seemed to just be in a kind of jumble. Luckily this clears up quick enough, or I at least grew accustom to it so I didn't notice it anymore. The soundtrack blended in well with the movie, so that the immersion was seamless to the point where it gave into the immersion, but wasn't over the top and distracting. 8/10 Overall: It is a good movie, definitely popcorn movie night and sleepover material that parents will be ok with giving their younger teens on up. Nightmares might spawn in the minds of the younger children though. For those parents who want movies with some morals in it, good basic morals and examples are shown by the main character, showing her strong ties to family and doing the good and right thing for those whom she may feel responsible for. I give this movie an overall score of 9/10 or 4/5 stars, and a 13+ age suggestion due to mild language consisting mainly of 2-3 B words dropped.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 12+


This movie is personally one of my favorites, its not too scary, but it keeps you in. At some scenes you might get a bit jumpy, but other than that you're good. The movie doesn't show any disturbing images. Its a great movie for preteens & teens that like horror movies.

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