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With: Gabrielle Anwar, Forest Whitaker, Justin Louis, William Cuddy, Joe Dinicol, Courtney Fitzpatrick, Brooke Johnson, Peter MacNeill, Jonathan Payne, Niamh Wilson
Written by: Michael Stokes
Directed by: Jordan Barker
MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images and some language
Running Time: 92
Date: 08/03/2006

The Marsh (2006)

2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

There are two reasons to check out The Marsh, and they are Forest Whitaker and Gabrielle Anwar. This odd pair teamed up once before for a horror film, Abel Ferrara's great Body Snatchers (1993), and now they meet again to take on more supernatural forces. Their radically different screen personas nicely compliment one another, and they're a joy to watch. Otherwise, The Marsh is a pretty standard issue ghost story. Children's author Claire Holloway (Anwar) rents a creepy old house in the dead of winter in which to write her latest book. In one spooky scene, her wine glass suddenly moves away from her, and she keeps seeing images of a scary man and a little girl. A nice local (Justin Louis) tries to befriend her, but it's ghostbuster Geoffry Hunt (Whitaker) who really knows what to do. Typically, director Jordan Barker and writer Michael Stokes save the big surprise motive for the ending, which is never as good as you may imagine.

DVD Details: The DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes with a behind-the-scenes featurette.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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