The Turning

A young woman quits her teaching job to be a private tutor (governess) for a wealthy young heiress who witnessed her parent's tragic death. Shortly after arriving, the girl's degenerate brother is sent home from his boarding school. The tutor has some strange, unexplainable experiences in the house and begins to suspect there is more to their story.

Directed by: Floria Sigismondi
Genres: Horror, Thriller,
Production Company: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment,

The Turning - Watch the children with care. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 23-01-2020
  • Runtime: 94 Minutes
  • Popularity: 28.58
  • Vote Count: 470
  • IMDB Rating: 6.0
  • Budget: USD 17,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 17,500,000
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Mackenzie Davis - Azwaad Movie Database Mackenzie Davis Kate
Finn Wolfhard - Azwaad Movie Database Finn Wolfhard Miles
Brooklynn Prince - Azwaad Movie Database Brooklynn Prince Flora
Mark Huberman - Azwaad Movie Database Mark Huberman Bert
Niall Greig Fulton - Azwaad Movie Database Niall Greig Fulton Peter Quint
Kim Adis - Azwaad Movie Database Kim Adis Rose
Joely Richardson - Azwaad Movie Database Joely Richardson Darla Mandell
Denna Thomsen - Azwaad Movie Database Denna Thomsen Miss Jessel
Barbara Marten - Azwaad Movie Database Barbara Marten Mrs. Grose
Karen Egan - Azwaad Movie Database Karen Egan Nancy
Photo Name Department
Steven Spielberg-Production Steven Spielberg Production (Executive Producer)
Priscilla John-Production Priscilla John Production (Casting Director)
Duwayne Dunham-Editing Duwayne Dunham Editing (Editor)
Paki Smith-Art Paki Smith Art (Production Design)
Justine Wright-Art Justine Wright Art (Assistant Set Decoration)
Glenn Garland-Editing Glenn Garland Editing (Editor)
Roy Lee-Production Roy Lee Production (Producer)
Carey Hayes-Writing Carey Hayes Writing (Screenplay)
Chad Hayes-Writing Chad Hayes Writing (Screenplay)
Henry James-Writing Henry James Writing (Novel)

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If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog @ I... am... in shock. The Turning had tons of development issues, switching directors (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was the first choice), cast, producers (Steven Spielberg was once responsible for the project), and who knows what else. It's yet another adaptation of the famous ghost story, Turn of the Screw by Henry James, so it was always going to be a challenging task to bring a horror flick with something unique that the others didn't possess. After so many changes, the film finally decided on Mackenzie Davis as the adult protagonist, and Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince as the young kids. They replaced everything and everyone, except the people who are behind the main reason why this movie fails so miserably: the screenwriters. With all due respect to the Hayes brothers, but this is the worst kind of a bad film. It doesn't have a single redeemable quality about it. It's a movie about... nothing! It has no message, no purpose, no structure, and last but not least: there's no ending. I'm not joking, The Turning doesn't have an ending. It's like someone abruptly shouts "roll credits" way before any sort of payoff is delivered. The whole film is a collection of repetitive, dull scenes that only vary in location. Scareless and predictable jump scare sequences spread throughout the entire runtime with no meaning or objective underneath. Close to ninety minutes of build-up to utterly nothing. This isn't one of those cases where the ending is just ambiguous, and people can interpret it in several ways. As baffling as it might sound, this monotonous, cliche, boring horror movie doesn't possess an ending. I have to repeat it, so you actually believe what I'm writing. Even if I simply ignore that last (nonexistent) act, the rest of the film is still awful. As the viewer, knowing more than the main character about what's happening or what's about to unravel is almost always a lousy aspect concerning the horror genre. Not only there's a lack of a scary or eerie environment, but the narrative raises dozens of logical questions that eventually get no answer. The movie actually starts reasonably okay, it got me slightly invested in Davis' character, but it quickly becomes one of the most yawning-inducing experiences I've had this year. Usually, I can turn to the acting to help me get through the hardest portions of the film. However, Mackenzie Davis (who I liked a lot in Terminator: Dark Fate) gradually starts to become uninteresting, and Finn Wolfhard delivers the worst performance I've ever seen from him. Brooklynn Prince is good for her age, but she's still a 9-year-old kid, so... you know. Barbara Marten is probably the best as Mrs. Grose, but just like the movie itself, she has no real impact on anything. Technically, the score is weird, and instead of elevating the scary sequences, it turns them into a rock concert. The editing also lacks consistency. Honestly, I thought that Fantasy Island was a safe bet for the "Worst Movie of 2020" prize, but The Turning just entered the race. As logically absurd as the former might be, at least it has an ending. It's a ridiculous one, but it's, in fact, an ending. The latter not only lacks a payoff to the ninety minutes of build-up, but it has absolutely no redeeming quality. Describing a film in a one-word sentence was never this easy: "nothing". It's a movie about nothing! No meaning, no message, no purpose, no logical sense. An extremely boring journey through a mansion with predictable jump scares, an awkward score, and disappointing acting. It's an emotionless story packed with unanswered questions, and no, it's not one of those "ambiguous narrative" cases. I definitely don't recommend it, unless you desire that frustration of watching an incomplete film. Rating: F

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Can a horror movie get by on nothing but atmosphere, on the je ne sais quoi of its unsettling mood? Sure, just take a look at Oz Perkins' 'I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House'. And Lenny Abrahamson's brilliantly underrated 'The Little Stranger' is barely a horror movie at all - it's more of an impeccably crafted chamber drama with a supernatural bent. These films prove that there's room in the world for this sort of old-dark-house story. But, as we see with 'The Turning', making scares stick means more than just building a spook house, dropping a few spiders inside, shoving audiences through the door, and hoping for the best. - Jake Watt Read Jake's full article...

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