scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hollywood Rewind | The Others: A different kind of horror experience with a classic, in-form Nicole Kidman

The Others is not completely 'horror-horror,' it is a psychological horror-thriller that plays sneaky games with your mind, with what you cannot see on screen. And as the famous saying goes, 'A known devil is better than an unknown one.'

Written by Anvita Singh | New Delhi |
March 21, 2021 8:23:24 am
hollywood rewindThe Others released in 2001. (Photo: Warner Sogefilms)

Horror in the early noughties, and before that, was mostly limited to jump scares, and very predictable ones at that. However, things started to change with time and with artistes who were willing to experiment. The 2001 Alejandro Amenábar directorial The Others certainly belonged to the latter group. The Others, starring the versatile Nicole Kidman, was spooky, even intense for a horror movie, and had a solid script to back it up. Shout out to the filmmaker who also wrote the screenplay of the period horror drama.

In fact, The Others is a psychological horror-thriller that plays sneaky games with your mind, with what you cannot see on screen. And as the famous saying goes, ‘A known devil is better than an unknown one.’ What you cannot see on screen, you tend to think more about, which, in a delicious twist, is something that goes for the viewers of The Others as well as the characters of the movie.

The main plot line of The Others runs thus — there is a young woman with two children, who moves to the west coast in the 40s. Her kids are photosensitive so they have to take extra care with any kind of light pouring in. This is one of the main reasons why nearly the entire movie is shrouded in darkness. And the dark, of course, helps bring out the elements of the genre in a much more satisfying way. However, things take a turn when the two younglings start seeing things. At first, Nicole Kidman’s character Grace, is not convinced and believes that the house helps are up to some mischief. But once she begins experiencing other-worldly things herself, Grace becomes more concerned regarding the well-being of her loved ones. The rest of the story follows from there.

Even though it has been light years since the movie released, I will spare you from the spoilers, because the twist is very satisfying and many might not make the connection until the big reveal. So neatly packed and so well done, and that goes for nearly every department — camerawork, lighting, acting, writing, directing, sound design — nothing seemed amiss. And a special mention for the cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe, who exquisitely shot this movie. Rarely has a horror film looked the way The Others has.

Hollywood Rewind: Wild | Scream | The Godfather Part II | One Fine Day | True Romance | Little Women | Face-off | Pulp Fiction | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | The Age of Innocence | Mean Girls | Die HardNever Been Kissed | Citizen Kane | Kill Bill Volume I | Terminator 2 Judgment Day | Titanic | Heat | Home Alone | Jerry Maguire | Brief Encounter | The Truman Show | The Deer Hunter | The Shining | Clueless | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | Blue Velvet | Taxi Driver | The Lord of the Rings I | Zero Dark Thirty | The Godfather | Say Anything | Warm Bodies | Bright Star | Malcolm X | Stardust | Red Eye | Notting Hill | FargoThe Virgin Suicides | The Breakfast Club | Enchanted | Walk the Line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Bridges of Madison County | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She’s Gotta Have It | Ever After | The Devil Wears Prada | The Matrix | Creed | Mulan | Ratatouille | Shutter Island | Her | Dead Poets Society | Sleepless in Seattle | Waitress | Pride and Prejudice | The Dark Knight | Before Sunset | School of Rock | About a Boy | A Few Good Men | 50/50 | Begin Again | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolat | Batman Begins | 10 Things I Hate About You | The Departed | Freedom Writers | Pretty Woman | Dan in Real Life | Jurassic Park | TangledMeet Joe Black | Monster’s Ball | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | You’ve Got Mail | Half Nelson | Fight Club | Doubt | American Psycho | Julie and Julia | Forrest Gump | The Silence of the Lambs | Finding Neverland | Roman Holiday| American History X | Tropic Thunder | Before Sunrise | Scent of a Woman | Finding Forrester | Sixteen Candles

As far as the acting goes, the child actors Alakina Mann and James Bentley were pitch-perfect. But the movie rested heavily on Nicole’s strong shoulders, and she displayed why she has been so bankable all this while. Nicole generally possesses a certain sense of grace, and that worked wonders for her character in a horror space, where everything is usually so chaotic and shabby. Nicole stood out. Because she was the only who was hiding her horror behind her passiveness and perfect control. I remember reading reviews after watching The Others and someone calling her ‘surpassingly fine.’ An odd compliment in itself, but perfectly suited to what the actor does in this movie.

You can watch The Others on Netflix.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
x