Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Unfolding (2016)

Director: Eugene McGing

Writer: Eugene McGing (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Daws, Nick Julian, Lisa Kerr, Kitty McGeever, Lachlan Nieboer, Sam Swainsbury


Plot: An exciting and relevant new take on the Haunted House story. The Fall of 2016. A fearful world stands on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. A young researcher in psychical events, together with his girlfriend, travel to the legendary wilds of Dartmoor, England, to investigate a rambling, centuries old building – here they find themselves drawn into a murder mystery from the past, a mortal confrontation with pure evil, and a fight for their very survival.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good Low Budget Ghost Story


Story: The unfolding starts as Tam (Nieboer) a young researcher and his girlfriend Rose (Kerr) are in the middle of Dartmoor with the world on the verge of nuclear catastrophe. Eventually locating the massive house, they are staying in we get to see just what the research includes.

The research includes looking into the truth being paranormal activity and alone in this house it isn’t long before strange events start happening around the house. Joined by friend Harvey (Julian) the haunting events start to get worse but what is causing them?

With Professor Chessman (Daws) joining the investigation, Rose does want to leave but seems to have become connected to the house and the spirits haunting it.


Thoughts on The Unfolding


Characters/PerformanceProfessor Chessman has been conducting these experiments on the house with his research team, he is open minded and calm through all the hauntings. Tam is the latest of the researcher who is trying to get the credit needed in what could be a huge discovery, he brings his girlfriend Rose who instantly wants to leave even though she has a connection with the spirit. Harvey is a friend that wants to learn the truth once he witnesses the haunting himself.

Performance wise everybody does well without being truly stand out, you can see the younger members of the cast are also making their first few steps in feature leading roles.

StoryThe story does come off like most haunted house films but this does have an interesting backdrop to everything going on, we have the idea of a potential nuclear war meaning being in this house could be safer than being in a big city. I do think the story does have a few pacing issues in places because it takes its time getting going.

Horror/Mystery The horror is the standard haunted house material but this does offer a mystery focuses more on what the spirits motives are.

SettingsNearly the whole film is set in and around this one house that is haunted, this works because all the scares happen here, the house has history and the safety away from big a city.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good low budget ghost house film, it does have a good backdrop story and doesn’t give away too much too early but does suffer from pacing.


Overall: Good late night horror experience.




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