Trailer: Rebecca Hall Is a World War I-Era Ghost Hunter in The Awakening

Have you heard about The Awakening yet? No, not the Kate Chopin novel about female empowerment or the Kate Beckinsale Underworld fourquel about vampire warrioress empowerment but Nick Murphy's period thriller about 1920s ghost empowerment. Rebecca Hall stars as an author/skeptic who is invited to a creepy boarding school in World War I-era England to investigate a phantom boy. Naturally, things take a supernatural turn for the worse and, well, take a look for yourself in the trailer below.

A little reminiscent of Shutter Island, no? With the gloomy cinematography and a hesitant protagonist walking through an imposing gate to investigate eerie period happenings which "send her mind spiraling back to a distant, forgotten past?" Only instead of Leonardo DiCaprio's U.S. Marshall, we have Vicky Cristina Barcelona breakout Rebecca Hall as a headstrong hoax debunker who does not believe in ghosts... until, it seems, she starts seeing them for herself. Dominc West, Imelda Staunton and Isaac Hempstead Wright co-star in Murphy's first feature film.

The Awakening premiered at this month's Toronto International Film Festival. A U.S. release date has not yet been determined.


  • Andrew says:

    "No, not the Kate Chopin novel about female empowerment"
    That book made me want to punch kittens. And I really like kittens.
    I strongly suspect that Kate Chopin is actually a 14 year old emo girl from Spokane who writes bad Twilight fanfic on her lj account and was sent back in time to the year 1899.
    I feel bad that this is probably going to be the only comment on here and it won't be related to the trailer at all and no one will probably care or understand...but I'm willing to go ahead and leave it anyway. That is how much I hate Kate Chopin's book.

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  • G says:

    She was much better in her "Friday" video.

  • This is so fucking funny. Thank you.