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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Scary Movie Week: ‘The Others’

Watching Nicole Kidman in the quite forgettable “Before I Go To Sleep” last night, I was thinking of her in a much better horror movie: Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Others,” which came out 13 years ago and for some reason didn’t get much attention. But it’s one of my favorite scary movies of more-or-less-recent years, and I’d recommend it to anyone who, like me, prefers atmosphere and shivers to blood and gore. Influenced by Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” and the wonderful 1961 horror movie made from it, “The Innocents” (check it out!), “The Others” is a scary-old-house thriller that takes place on a remote island in the English Channel in 1945, with Nicole Kidman as the high-strung mother of two very strange children. Very stylish; very effective — and well worth a Halloween-night watch.

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