ThemApril 20, 2006
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise… they're not alone… and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.6/10 (12,672 voted)
Critic's Score: 60/100
Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca
Clémentine, a teacher in a French School in Bucharest, lives with her husband, Lucas, in a remote real estate in Snagow. During the night, Clémentine is woken by weird noises outside their house, and Lucas sees their car being stolen. The lights are turned off, the phones are disconnected and they see that they are no longer alone. When weird lights appear outside, they hide in the cellar and try to ask for help from what could be a dreadful night of pure terror.
Writers: Xavier Palud, David Moreau
(as Adriana Moca)
The film that terrified Europe has come to America
Release Date: 20 April 2006
Filming Locations: Bucharest, Romania
Opening Weekend: $4,025
(26 April 2007)
Did You Know?
The house used in the film was an actual sprawling old estate in Bucharest, Romania. The house was so large that the production was unable to furnish all the rooms for shooting, but it was also large enough that the entire production worked out of the location.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Clementine drives to the house a crew member (most likely cameraman) is visible on the car glass.
We just want to play! Why won't you ley us? Let us! Will you let us?
Tense as hell…
…but in the end you realize this is something you'll only watch once
or perhaps twice. It's a perfect cinema experience however.
The sound work works really well in a theater. There is clearly a very
eager and talented sound designer and editor responsible for creating
most of the tension. Every single creak and footstep is perfectly
placed for the best scares. The plot is the "weakest" part, but it's
nothing you'll care about. The best thing is that it mercifully steers
clear of all "jump" scenes we know and hate from American scary movies.
After the first act, lightning starts to come in more and more and
almost replaces sound as the tension-maker. This is also done extremely
well. Actually, this is probably one of the most well- made horror
movies in a long time. Everything plays out perfectly; lightning,
sound, camera-work(modern, but not annoyingly so) editing and
Definitely worth watching for the technical aspects alone, but more so
for the tension and the scares.