Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning send pulses racing in this "genuine scare-fest" (The Calgary Sun) that delivers terrifying twists and a shocking surprise ending.
At their new home in upstate New York, newly widowed psychologist David Callaway (De Niro) tries desperately to help his traumatized daughter Emily (Fanning) deal with her mother's death. But before long, both David and Emily are being terrorized by someone-or something-named Charlie: a "friend" who may or may not be imaginary but is definitely the stuff nightmares are made of! Ready or not..."you'll be jumping out of your seat!" (Richard Roeper)
**Includes 4 Alternate Endings
**Audio Commentary by Director John Polson, Screenwriter Ari Schlossberg and Editor Jeffrey Ford
**14 Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Director/Screenwriter/Editor Commentary
**Rough Conceptual Sequences (Live Action Intercut with Storyboards)
Cast & Crew
I think it's just so well made, so well photographed.
For the first hour or so it builds inexorably to an excruciating level of dread. It does this so well, we're willing to forgive the small lapses of logic it takes to get us there.