- Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Johnny Yong Bosch, Arielle Brachfeld, Josh Feldman, Ruben Pla, Jeannette Sousa, Chelsea Tavares, Heather Tocquigny, Corbett Tuck, J. LaRose, Derick Alexander, Philip Friedman, Kimberly Ables Jindra, Caslin Katsaros, Derrick Oliver
- Director: James Wan
- Writer: Leigh Whannell
- Producers: Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider
- Co Producers: John R. Leonetti, Aaron Sims
- Executive Producer: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
- Art Directions: Jennifer Spence, Thomas Spence
- Casting: Anne McCarthy
- Costume Design: Kristin M. Burke
- D.O.P.: David M. Brewer
- Editors: Kirk M. Morri, James Wan
- Makeup: Eleanor Sabaduquia
- Music: Joseph Bishara
- Production Design: Aaron Sims
Josh and Renai have three children, the oldest is ten-year-old Dalton. As they begin to settle into a new home, they experience strange noises and other unexplained phenomena. Soon Dalton is rushed to the hospital in a coma, suffering a severe head injury after falling in the attic. Months slip by, and the doctors still have no explanation for his continuing coma.
When the boy is returned home under his mother's care, more frightening events occur in the home. The mother is so horrified that she moves the family to a another new home in hopes of leaving the fearful memories behind them. The family quickly discovers that the haunting has nothing to do with their home. The supernatural outpouring is coming from their comatose son.
Several scientific experts observe the son, the family and their home. They determine that Dalton is trapped on the other side in a dark world they call The Further. The parents team with the scientists to try to bring their boy back from The Further and save him from the clutches of a dark entity that hopes to claim him as his own.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language
- Production Budget: $1 million
- Production Companies: Alliance Films, Blumhouse Productions
- Production Schedule: April 2010 - May 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "The duo behind the original first "Saw" film, Australian writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan, have re-teamed for this supernatural horror tale which went through various title changes ("The Further" and "The Astral" among the other potentials). The producers of "Paranormal Activity" also signed onboard for what Wan calls a "haunted house movie which takes all the usual conventions and twists them on their head".
While the clever "Saw" struck gold in terms of timing and originality, their much touted second team-up was 2007's $20 million ventriloquist horror tale "Dead Silence" which flopped at the box-office and scored weak reviews. "Saw" itself became the biggest horror franchise of all time earnings wise, but along the way the increasingly poor sequels have robbed the original of a good bit of its lustre - a common occurrence with horror franchises.
This spook tale was shot in Los Angeles early last year on a relatively tight budget and word on Whannell's script was strong. The film premiered in Toronto to pretty good reviews. The crowd-pleasing feature scored praised for its suspense and dark humour, especially across the first two acts which avoids the overused jump scares of so many films of this ilk. It also puts a clever twist on the obvious question in all haunted house films - why doesn't the family just move?
Criticisms were levelled at the last act where the budget constraints have rendered both The Further and the creature itself somewhat disappointing according to reports. The homages to "Poltergeist" and "Carnival of Souls" to a lesser extent are slavish to the point that this probably won't become a hallmark of the genre for today's generation. The focus on honest scares and a preference of atmosphere over terror is a welcome one, as is Wan relying on classic 80's filmmaking techniques of long takes rather than the ADD "kinetic" bullshit that many of his ilk, and he himself, fall back on far too often."