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Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others (2001) is a brilliantly scary film. Almost as scary is realizing that ten years have transpired since this film played in theaters. Released just one month prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The Others is the flipside of Peter Medak’s The Changeling (1980), a glorious ghost story with enough style and substance to draw comparisons to the genre’s crown jewels: Jack Clayton’s The Innocents (1961) and Robert Wise’s The Haunting (1963), both of which are in dire need of Blu-ray upgrades.
The film opens with a series of hand-drawn images that segue into the house where all of the action takes place. This is a device used many times in films, but it is particularly striking in The Others. It is 1945 and off the coast of France on the island of Jersey lives Grace, played skillfully by Nicole Kidman,