Normally, when one buys a ticket to watch a horror movie, they are expecting blood, gore and guts. As I walked into the movie to watch The Turning, directed by Floria Sigismondi, I had no idea what to expect. The only prior notion I had about what the movie was from the trailer on television, which did not give much away.
The movie started out like any other movie: with backstory and explanation as to where the main character, Kate, was going to be taking her life. The location happened to be a creepy, old mansion in the middle of nowhere where she believed she would be tutoring and schooling a young girl, Flora. Before she left, however, viewers got a glimpse of Kate’s mother who seemed to be ridden by some sort of mental disease in which made her socially awkward and seemingly disturbed. To me, it seemed to be some type of foreshadowing for Kate and her new adventure.
Things seemed off from the start as soon as Kate saw the message. At first glance, the gigantic house seemed vacant, and Kate had to go looking for Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper, and Flora. When she found Mrs. Grose, Kate came across some of Flora’s dolls that Flora had decapitated. Much to my dismay, Kate decided to stay with Flora despite all of the warning signs. Things were good for her until Miles, Flora’s older, violent brother came into the picture.
Miles seemed off from the start, offering sexual insinuations towards Kate constantly and repeatedly showing up in her room in the middle of the night. I was instantly concerned with Miles’ character and winced at every interaction he had with Kate. As the movie progressed, the instances in which Miles acted out seemed to multiply, but as they increased so did my understanding of what was happening in the movie.
The last 30 minutes of the movie were quite confusing personally. Kate’s mental stability seemed to disintegrate up until the last seconds of the movie in which Kate sees her mom and the movie ends with Kate screaming.
Overall, I thought the first half of the movie was great and highly recommend seeing it. The second half, however, I believe needed to be clearer for the viewers to understand. I am not sure if the producers wanted to leave a cliffhanger for a possible second movie or if that was just merely the end of the movie. Either way, I do not think a person who pays about $15 to watch a movie should have to Google the ending for an explanation.