Watching the crappy latter film made all of the strengths that I came here to write about The Others stand out even more. As I mentioned, The Others is simple. It doesn't over-complicate things. While some might have issues with the pacing, (and I myself wish one certain subplot could have been a bit tighter) it does deliver some genuinely creepy moments...and when it gets near the end it really gets rolling. It's unfortunate that it was so close to when The Sixth Sense was released... yes there was a two year gap, but Sense was so powerful and stayed so much in the minds of people that many instantly dismissed this as being some sort of a rip-off or lesser version. It's not. It is its own film that works largely due to Nicole Kidman's gripping performance.
Technically, as a whole, the film is very well-made. Everyone aside from Kidman too, turn in solid performances, the direction is beautiful, and the perfect mood is set throughout that leads itself right into its clever finale. For good suspense films to work, most importantly they need to be focused. If a movie doesn't know what it's trying to be, an audience doesn't really know what to make of it either. What does that make? A pretty messy, uneven film. The thing about The Others is that it's not just a pretty decent movie of its genre, it's a pretty decent film period because it gets so much right.
Not that I had high expectations with Cold Creek Manor or anything...but I could have saved myself a lot of "stupid movie induced headaches" by reading up about it online before investing the time. I'm not even going to waste your time in analyzing it...I'm just going to say that it's awful and you can take my word for it. That's why you always should check out IMDB ratings and Rotten Tomatoes scores. The proof is in the pudding: Here are scores for The Others: IMDB rating - 7.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%. Cold Creek Manor? IMDB rating - 4.8/10, Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%. Yeah...seriously these two sites basically always have the right idea. Gotta include two of my favorite RT blurbs because they're just too clever:
"As scary and predictable as a trip to the supermarket."
"The real suspense is whether or not we will ever get to the end of this movie."
Anyway, even though Manor was awful, The Others is a very good watch and a nice way to ring in the Halloween season. Let the creepy times roll!
Oh and the Emily ratings? The Others 8/10, Cold Creek Manor 2/10