Altar (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Mystery
94 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Altar Review


A young family move to an isolated house which the wife has been hired to restore, only to discover that the previous owner is reputed to have murdered his wife.

Altar (2014) is a UK English mystery horror movie that is 89 minutes long and was filmed in Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, UK. Director and writer Nick Willing (Close Your Eyes (2002), Photographing Fairies (1997), Alice in Wonderland (1999)) did an okay job with Altar. The movie is nothing new to the eyes and nothing out of the ordinary. It is a storyline that has been done many times before, but it is still worth watching because of his directorial skills. I gave this movie a five because it was entertaining to see the sets, actors, special effects (especially the ghost) and screenplay. The movie contains sexual references and content.

Altar is about the Hamilton family moving into a large historic country house known as the Radcliffe house on the Yorkshire Moors. Meg Hamilton ( Olivia Williams -The Sixth Sense (1999), An Education (2009), Rushmore (1998), The Postman (1997)) restores historic houses. She moved her family to the B&B while she renovates it back to the original Victorian grandeur it was. Meg lost her London team due to an accident, and her current Yorkshire team does not want to restore the B&B because they are superstitious and scared to enter the house. Meg decides to restore the B&B by herself. The mansion is falling apart and is isolated. Meg’s husband Alec (Matthew Modine - Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Transporter 2 (2005)) is an artist and is happy with the move because it gives him time to work on his artwork. Not long after moving in, the couple and their two kids, Penny (Antonia Clarke - Magic in the Moonlight (2014), Les Misérables (2012), The Thirteenth Tale (2013)) and Harper (Adam Thomas Wright - The Physician (2013), The Awakening (2011), The Boy with Chocolate Fingers (2011)) start noticing mysterious things. They soon found a cellar that was covered by bricks, a secret room in the attic and a Rosicrucian mosaic. More strange things start happening, and the family soon realizes that they are not alone.

One of the laborers said that the owner from about 150 years ago killed his wife in a ritual, and the dead wife haunted her husband until he jumped out of the window. What is the hidden room in the attic and why is Alec unexplainably bleeding without injuries? The Hamiltons see’s a lady/ghost walking around their house, windows opening and closing by itself and shadows of other people in their photos. They soon wish that they have listened to Meg’s restoration crew and left the assumed haunted house alone.

The movie was creepy at times - thanks to the amazing jobs the actors did. I like the special effects, and the pace of the movie was exceptionally good and kept me interested. I would recommend horror fans to give this movie a chance but do not go out of your way to watch it.

About Altar 2014

Title: Altar
Year: 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Steve Oram, Olivia Williams, Richard Dillane, Antonia Clarke, Rebecca Calder, Matthew Modine, Adam Thomas Wright, Jonathan Jaynes, Howard Lee, David J. Peel, Mark Heenehan, Stephen Chance
Writers: Nick Willing
Director: Nick Willing