The Books Behind the Summer's Best Movies
Check out the books that inspired the blockbusters and thoughtful indies of 2018. Read...and see!
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The Little Stranger
In The Little Stranger
, out August 31, an English country doctor makes regular visits, shortly
after World War II, to a decrepit mansion populated only by an aging doyenne
(played by Charlotte Rampling), her two children and, perhaps, another
mysterious presence. The movie is billed as a supernatural horror film that
dwells on the mansion's dark past, and Waters' source novel reveals plenty of
research into poltergeists and other spooky creeps. But Waters is such a
masterful writer about Victorian manners and family secrets that it's
not till halfway through the novel that she's given you the creeps for real.
She holds your attention with a perfectly controlled, slow-motion depiction of
the house's decline, and the place is so eerie and compelling that it's
practically a character in itself.
— Mark Athitakis