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The Tilsons move into a recently repossessed mansion in the sticks of New York State. Once grand and elegant, the Cold Creek Manor is now a shambles, but Cooper and Leah have plenty of time to renovate. All’s well until a series of terrifying incidents at the house lead the Tilsons to wonder who used to live in their new home — and to discover what dark secrets are hidden inside.
Suspense Thriller - A thriller that's very short on thrills, especially considering the
nearly two hour running time. Lots of time is spent setting up the
story and still you don't know why things happen. There are no plot
twists and nothing unexpected happens. There are also many times
you'll be saying to yourself "they wouldn't do that" or "that's so
PROFANITY: 17 F-words (3 preceded by mother), 1 GD, 9 S-words. Many others. SEX/NUDITY: One sex scene with sexual motions and sounds. Some nudity. VIOLENCE: Some fist fights and hitting with large hammer. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Smoking and drinking. Some mild drunkenness. ACTION: Just the few fights. COMEDY: A couple of mildly funny remarks.
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Review Below Average "...a thriller that thrills us only if we abandon all
common sense. Of course preposterous things happen in all thrillers, but there
must be at least a gesture in the direction of plausibility, or we lose
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Review Below Average "Though deceptively positioned as a haunted house
film, this thriller is resolutely grounded in reality, or at least a version of
reality filtered through the paranoia of city slickers whose ideas about the
boondocks owes more to DELIVERANCE (1972) and THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1978) than
Thoreau's Walden. All of which would be fine if Figgis managed to work up
any real suspense, but the film slogs towards its inevitable mano-a-mano
showdown like something up to its knees in mud.''
Review Average "There's too much to dismiss as bad filmmaking - including
the rumbling piano bass that keeps punctuating the climax of the film, and the
rainstorm that arrives right on schedule. Dale mugs the local sheriff (Dana
Eskelson) but doesn't take her gun? (See: hammers.) No, "Cold Creek
Manor" is bad on purpose. It's just not bad enough."
Review Below Average "...clunky and riddled with clichés from start to
finish, which is a shame because the cast is able and is led by Oscar-nominated
director Mike Figgis. The actors can't overcome the trite material, though, and
in the end, it seems too many clichés really do spoil the film. ...the
film is something of a pop-psychology thriller (not a ghost story). ...the
ending is apparent within the first half hour of the movie. There are no twists,
no turns. There is nothing left to the imagination, no guesswork necessary."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Not to good at all. Virtually no real high opinions and lots of low and very low opinions. Obviously very few enjoyed Cold Creek Manor so I don't recommend seeing it. Your probability of truly enjoying it is just too low. I do think it would make a decent video rental, but only if you've seen all the other better videos out at that time.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
It's an OK movie, but I seriously doubt that most will feel they've gotten their money's worth if they pay full ticket price to see this very slow, mildly entertaining movie. There are a couple of suspenseful moments, but that's not nearly enough for an almost two hour movie.
At most Cold Creek Manor is worth a matinee or see it at the second run theaters. Probably the best way to see it is on video in a few months.
Finally putting an end to their days as slaves to the hustle-and-bustle of city life, Gothamites Cooper Tilson (DENNIS QUAID) and his wife, Leah (SHARON STONE), pack up their kids and all their possessions and move into a recently repossessed mansion in the sticks of New York State. Once grand and elegant, the Cold Creek Manor is now a shambles, but Cooper and Leah have plenty of time to renovate. All's well until a series of terrifying incidents at the house lead the Tilsons to wonder who used to live in their new home — and to discover what dark secrets are hidden inside.