The Canal

Film, Horror
2 out of 5 stars
The Canal

You can give this Dublin-set horror a miss, as it rehashes every haunted-house trick in the book, with some ‘Shining’-style psychological creepiness thrown in. Rupert Evans is David, a film archivist who becomes obsessed with a grisly 1902 murder committed in the house where he lives with his wife and kid. He discovers the case – a man who killed his cheating wife and dumped her body in a nearby canal – by chance, while archiving old newsreels.

It’s a clever set-up, but otherwise ‘The Canal’ is all stiff acting, tapping behind the walls and ghosts who look like Madame Tussauds waxworks. Unspooky.

By: Cath Clarke

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Release details

Release date: Friday May 8 2015
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Screenwriter: Ivan Kavanagh
Cast: Rupert Evans
Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Hannah Hoekstra
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