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The Babadook

2014 / 94m - Australia
Drama, Horror
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The Murmuring

2022 / 64m - USA
Horror, Drama
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Kent's entry in the Cabinet of Curiosities series is the only real disappointment. Where each short found at least something that made them stand out, The Murmuring is a pretty pale and banal haunted house flick where even the ghosts and the haunts aren't very scary, let alone they should offer something extra.

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Nancy is a scientist studying the murmurations of birds. Her project becomes a success and she's allowed to go and study the dunlin birds on a remote island. There's only one house on the island, which holds a secret it soon starts to reveal to Nancy, while her husband becomes increasingly worried about Nancy's mental state.

The build-up is okay, and the birds are a nice addition, but the drama is bland and predictable, the performances are doubty, the horror elements are insufficient and the finale is a complete dud. Ultimately forgettable and a dime a dozen, certainly not the best way to finish this otherwise fine series.