Reasonably effective, allegedly fact-based chiller about a
Catholic couple (Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan) who rent
a former funeral home near the hospital where their teenage
son (Kyle Gallner) is being treated for cancer, only to find
themselves in a specter-ridden maelstrom, eventually turning
for help to a clergyman (Elias Koteas) versed in the occult.
While its efforts to place these supernatural goings-on
within a larger spiritual and religious context may draw
mixed reactions, director Peter Cornwell's old-fashioned
spook story is understated and, though at times unsettling,
largely free of bloodletting.
Watch out for: Disturbing images, including charred and gory
corpses, and a couple of profanities.
Rated: USCCB:A-II; MPAA: PG-13