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Amulet (2020)



Critic Consensus: If its chilly sense of dread never quite becomes spine-tingling terror, Amulet remains smart, solidly disquieting fun for genre fans seeking slow-building horror.

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Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda, a lonely woman in desperate need of help as she looks after her dying mother. Though at first resistant, Magda eventually welcomes him into their lives and allows him to help her care for them. But as he worms his way into their routine and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz starts to notice strange, unexplainable, and ugly phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Magda may in fact be enslaved to do her otherworldly bidding.

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Imelda Staunton
as Sister Claire
Paul O'Kelly
as Paul Builder
Amanda Quach
as Girl at the Pub

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (10)

...the most technically ambitious of these films, and through the first two-thirds, at least, it's jaggedly compelling...

August 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Amulet is more than the sum of its visual frights. Garai sets you up to expect one kind of movie, but she's made something else entirely...

July 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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Suffused with plenty of gross-out, phantasmagoric body horror but short on actual spine-tingling scares, the handsomely-produced Amulet asserts Garai more as a gifted genre stylist than a savvy storyteller.

July 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie casts a grim sort of spell; a brooding, stifled dread that creeps in quietly from the margins, and lingers long after the last triumphant frame.

July 24, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is Garai's feature directing debut, and it is as satisfying as it is promising, despite an unfortunate wind down.

July 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's an evocative, confident debut, recalling the metaphorical horror of Jennifer Kent's The Babadook or Babak Anvari's Under The Shadow, even as it announces the arrival of a singular new voice.

July 22, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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