Atoning, The. Delivers An Intriguing Horror Family Tale
Atoning, The Film Details
Director: Michael Williams
Writer: Michael Williams
Release Date: 5 September 2017
Release Format: VOD, DVD/Bluray, Redbox
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.
Exquisite work and polished cinematography beautify the trailer for Michael Williams’ feature The Atoning. Williams opts to keep the viewer intrigued without showing that much of what is lurking in the dark… Suspense is palpable here as we are introduced to a house of two parents and a kid where ghosts are haunting the younger member of the family.
There’s drama in the mix, we can feel it because of the tone of the film at the beginning of the trailer we learn Sam’s parents are breaking up. I admire when there’s a mix of our real existence in these types of stories. We can always hope for some good metaphors of our lives along the way. Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its Hellmouth were (and still are) metaphors for teenagers trying to survive through high school facing their inner demons. It feels appropriate.
Performances all around seem superb and the practical effects and makeup may remind you of Insidious but they’re still creepy and it seems to work. It worked for me at least. They got me interested. There are some beautiful shots in this with the contrast of bright warm colors and blue cold ones that put the viewer in the mood with an eerie atmosphere. I can’t tell you if the film will be in the same space all around the house because the trailer seems to show us only a specific moment of the film.
To sum it up, I say yes I’ll watch The Atoning when it comes out next month! Maybe we’ll even review it… so keep checking with for updates real soon.