The first 10 minutes of director Nick Murphy’s horror film The Awakening have been released online for your viewing pleasure. The story takes place in England shortly after World War I, and centers on a hoax-buster (Rebecca Hall) who is called in to investigate the recent death of a student at an all-boys boarding school. When she gets there, she discovers that there might be something truly supernatural going on around her. Matt caught the film last year at TIFF and called it “a damn fine piece of gothic horror,” and this clip promises a great deal of moody atmosphere.
Hit the jump to watch the first 10 minutes of the film. The pic also stars Dominic West and Imelda Staunton. The Awakening opens on August 17th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Awakening:
Set in London in 1919, Florence Cathcart (REBECCA HALL), author of the popular book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (DOMINIC WEST) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.