Dark Water (2005, USA) C-105m. SCOPE ** D: Walter Salles. Starring Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite, Ariel Gade. Remake of the Japanese chiller HONOGURAI MIZU NO SOKO KARA (2002) featuring Connelly, who makes her return to horror films after 20 years (Dario Argento's PHENOMENA). She plays a single mother, who is going through a divorce and moves into a derelict apartment building with her daughter. Soon, she is troubled by water dropping from the ceiling, noise from upstairs and her daughter's imaginary friend. Is a ghost haunting the place? Atmospheric chiller is unrelentingly brooding and downbeat, but pretty much on a par with the original.

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