The Awakening Movie Review – Excellent 2011 Supernatural Horror Film

the awakening movie review

It’s time for a horror, this time it’s my The Awakening movie review, Blu-ray version

  • The Awakening (2011) – Blu-ray
  • Genre: Supernatural Horror
  • Directed By Nick Murphy
  • Screenplay By Stephen Volk & Nick Murphy
  • Music By Daniel Pemberton
  • Starring Rebecca Hall ; Dominic West ; Imelda Staunton ;  Isaac Hempstead-Wright


So what is The Awakening (2011) all about?  Well it’s a supernatural/horror film set in England in 1921 in the aftermath of the first world war.  Paranormal skeptic Florence Cathcart played by Rebecca Hall is invited to a boarding school to investigate rumours of a haunting.

Florence begins her investigation scientifically… well scientifically 1921 style that is. Think flour on the floor to capture any of the children who may be responsible for the alleged hauntings. Bells on strings and 1921 camera equipment.   Who needs these modern ghost hunters with their fancy gizmos?

Dominic West plays a history master Robert Mallory who requested Florence’s help with the alleged haunting.

When I was watching this film I thought I knew where the plot was going, nothing special but a decent story. However I was wrong as this film is intelligently written with plenty of twists and surprises along the way. It would be easy to give too much away but I’ll resist the temptation so not to ruin the film, you will simply have to watch it.

That said this is a film about Paranormal investigator going into a supposedly haunted school, who doesn’t like the sound of that?

So thats the plot dealt with, what about the rest of the film!  It looks great, I mean it really is well shot and all this comes from a budget of around £3 million which makes it all the more impressive.  The acting is good, Rebecca Hall and Dominic work well together. Imelda Staunton is very good as the slightly odd housekeeper Maud Hill. The other significant role is that of Tom the only child left at the boarding school when the others go on holiday. He is played by Isaac Hempstead Wright and again puts in good performance.


It’s a small cast and therefore lives or dies on the actors performances, but all are on top form taking you on a cracking supernatural experience.  Rebecca Hall is the main character playing the character of Florence to perfection.

Good support from both Dominic West and Imelda Staunton ensures this film reaches it’s full potential.

Conclusion: The Awakening Movie Review

So in short it’s well written, acted & directed. I can honestly say I really enjoyed this film.

It’s a really well made film that I will certainly return to in the future. If you are looking for a more intelligent horror film than say the pure gore of the Saw series then this is for you.

It’s a 2011 film so no problems with sound & picture.

The Awakening (2011) blu-ray is available now from Amazon.

The Amazon links on this page are affiliate / associate links. By buying through the links we may receive a commission for the sale. This has no effect on the price you pay.

the awakening movie review

Popcorn Cinema Movie Rating: The Awakening (2011)

The Awakening Movie Review




The Awakening (2011) Film Trailer

I’m guessing you would like a taste of The Awakening, well here it is in the form of the trailer.

I hope you are enjoying our recommended movie series, more on the way…

That was my The Awakening movie review, have you seen it?  If so what did you think?  Am I right in my recommendation?  Please leave a comment below.

If you enjoyed this film then take a look at our The Innkeepers review.

Why not bookmark Popcorn Cinema Show and never miss a review or recommendation!

What Do You Think?
The Awakening (2011) Blu-ray Review
the awakening movie review

Movie title: The Awakening (2011)

Movie description: Paranormal skeptic Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is invited to a boarding school to investigate the rumours of a haunting.

Duration: 107 mins

Director(s): Nick Murphy

Actor(s): Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating


A very stylish supernatural tale set in England afer the First World War at a boarding school, what more could you ask for?